Dead body found in a Florida home, 67-year-old relative accused of murder and abuse of corpse

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Jun. 2 2021, Published 6:03 p.m. ET

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A 67-year-old woman in Florida has been arrested for second-degree murder after a dead body was found in her home.

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Debra Pais Patton was taken into custody on May 31, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a residence to check on a woman in her 60s who hadn’t been seen or heard from in days.

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Patton was living at the home when her relative went missing. Following a search of the home, deputies found the body of an adult victim.

The medical examiner's office will determine the cause of death, according to the sheriff's office.

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Patton originally faced a charge of abuse of a dead human body. She now faces additional charges of second-degree murder with a firearm.

“Through evidence, what they found in the home, outside of the home, they were able to determine that the victim was shot and she was shot with a firearm and as a result the suspect, in this case, her charges have changed,” Merissa Lynn, with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office told WFLA.

Patton was initially held on a $5,000 bond for her initial charge. She will have a new bond hearing following the upgraded murder charge, according to WFLA.

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