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DETECTIVES RELEASE SKETCH OF PERSON OF INTEREST IN JAY HARPER DEATH INVESTIGATION

BSO Case Number: DR12-10-02488
PIO Number: 13-1-16 (12-11-17)
Date: Oct. 17, 2012
Time: 4 a.m.
Place of Occurrence: 900 block of Southeast 21 Avenue, Deerfield Beach
Jurisdiction: Deerfield Beach

Victim(s):

  • Jay Harper, 47, male, 3/25/65, 27 Sleepy Hill Rd., Southbury, CT (DECEASED)

Suspect(s):

  • Unknown

Description of Incident:

Broward Sheriff’s Office homicide detectives are releasing the composite sketch of a man they believe could have information regarding the death of an adult male whose body washed ashore October 17 in Deerfield Beach.

A BSO deputy on ATV patrol on the beach discovered the body around 4:10 a.m. in the 900 block of Southeast 21 Avenue, behind the Embassy Suites.

Investigators say Jay Harper, 47, was in South Florida for a business conference. Harper went to the beach with a female companion sometime between midnight and 2 a.m. October 17. About two hours later, he was found dead. BSO detectives interviewed the female companion, and she is not considered a suspect in the case.

Detectives believe foul play could have played a role in Harper’s death.

According to the Medical Examiner’s Office, the cause of Harper’s death remains undetermined at this time.

Anyone who recalls seeing the victim or who was near the Embassy Suites the night of October 17 or has any information regarding this case is asked to contact BSO Homicide Detective John Berrena at 954-321-4210. Anonymous tips can be called in to Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or www.browardcrimestoppers.org.

***MEDIA NOTE: The composite sketch of the person of interest is attached to this news release on our website www.sheriff.org.

INVESTIGATORS: Det. Berrena, CID Homicide; Deerfield Beach
THIS REPORT BY:  Keyla Concepción/PIO 1/25/13 1445

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