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ANTHONY HOLLOWAY
Chief of Police
1301 First Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33705

(727) 893-7550
police.stpete.org

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release
Report number: 2022-013699
Date of original release: 04-10-22

Homicide investigation

Release updated on 04-12-22 at 12:42 p.m.

Vernon Gene Williams (DOB 07/18/1961) has been identified as the victim of a homicide on Melrose Avenue South early Sunday morning.

This is an ongoing investigation.

Anyone with information please call the St. Petersburg Police Department at 727-893-7780 or text SPPD plus your tip to TIP411.


Release updated on 04-10-22 at 5:29 p.m.

This case is now being investigated as a homicide.

The victim is a 60 year old man. We have not reached next of kin so we will not release his name.

This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information please call St. Petersburg Police727-893-7780 or text SPPD plus your tip to TIP411.


Release posted on 04-10-22 at 9:52 a.m.

At 7:15 a.m. police responded to a man bleeding on Melrose Avenue S., west of Dr. MLK St. S.

When they arrived they found an adult man deceased. They are currently still processing the scene and the man has not been identified, nor has the nature of his trauma.

Melrose Ave. S remains closed between Dr. MLK St. S. and 11th St. S.

St. Petersburg Police Media Relations - (727) 893-7550
YOLANDA FERNANDEZ - Public Information Officer