Bradenton woman found dead, caretaker arrested


UPDATE:  Detectives say a Bradenton woman was killed Friday by a man who acted as her caretaker.

Around 3 p.m. Friday, the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office was called to a mobile home at Royal Garden Estates on Cortez Road West for the report of a deceased person.
Responding deputies found 60-year-old Joan Demeo dead with trauma to her upper body.
Early Saturday morning, deputies said they had arrested 51-year-old Barak Pozas in connection with Demeo’s death.

He is being charged with murder, investigators say Pozas lived with Demeo and acted as her caretaker.

Authorities say a co-worker went looking for Demeo when she didn’t return to work after lunch and found her dead in the carport at her home.

According to the sheriff’s office, Pozas was quickly established as a person of interest. Deputies later found him at a bar down the road from the scene.


BRADENTON – A dead body found in Bradenton is being investigated as a murder.

At around 3:00 p.m. Friday, April 13, deputies responded to a dead female in the car port of a mobile home residence in Royal Garden Estates at the 6900 block of Cortez Rd. W.

The victim is a female and her identity will be released after family is notified.

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Department is saying the victim was found by a co–worker who went to look for her when she didn’t return to work after lunch.

Detectives have detained a person of interest, but he has not been charged at this time. The person of interest is known to the victim.

Neighbors near the scene said they did not know anything or hear anything, but when police arrived they were told to go in side their home.

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