A tip line has been established to help solve the murder of an elderly Florida couple gunned down last month, Tampa Bay Newspapers reports.
David Swan, 88, and his wife, Mina, 80, were found dead on Sept. 29 in their Clearwater home. Police Chief Daniel Slaughter said he believes the perpetrator specifically targeted the couple “with the intent to kill “ and that the public generally is not in danger.
“It does not appear to be a random act,” Slaughter said at a news conference earlier this week.
Police established a phone number to receive tips about the case. Anyone with information is urged to call 727-562-4141 or text a tip to 847411 with the keyword CWPD. Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers at www.crimestoppersofpinellas.org or 1-800-873-TIPS (8477).
The Swans were discovered after a neighbor and relative grew concerned that the pair hadn’t been seen for two days as newspapers were piling up in front of their residence.
The couple married in 1998 and both have children from previous marriages. David was a retired accountant while Mina was a retired art teacher.
Mina’s daughter, Noel Devine, said the loss of her mother and stepfather has been heart wrenching.
“Our family is devastated by this loss,” Devine said. “Mom and Dave loved life.”
The pair had recently returned from a visit to Iceland and was planning a trip to the Caribbean, according to the newspaper.
Many details of the case have not been made public because the investigation is active, but Slaughter did say police have collected numerous forms of evidence, including hairs, skin cells and security camera footage from within the area.
Investigators also are seeking to interview people who knew the couple, had knowledge of disputes anyone had with them or saw something suspicious, according to Slaughter.
Authorities do not believe the Swans were robbed, but the possibility can’t yet be ruled out.
“I did homicide investigations for a long time and when they break, they break fast,” Slaughter said. “Quite often you start out with this really large funnel. We’re still on the large funnel side. We’re going down every path in front of us right now to see where it leads us.”
[Feature Photo: David Swan, Mina Swan/Handout]