26 May 2024

A double homicide investigation is underway in Whispering Sands, southeast Ocala, with law enforcement calling for public assistance.

Around 11 a.m. on a recent Sunday, authorities were alerted to a suspicious incident on Southeast 52nd Avenue. Deputies found a man and woman dead from gunshot wounds, leading to the incident’s classification as a double murder.

To protect the victims’ privacy and notify their families, their identities and the address are being withheld.

Details about the victims’ relationship, the number of gunshots, and the caller’s identity have not been disclosed.

Detectives are seeking community input. If you have any information related to the incident, please contact Detective Joseph Miller at (352)369-6806. To provide anonymous tips, call Crime Stoppers of Marion County at (352)368-STOP or use the online tip submission form at www.ocalacrimestoppers.com.

Whispering Sands has seen prior violence, with a recent attempted murder resulting in a life sentence for the assailant. Another incident in 2019 led to an acquittal.

Community cooperation is vital to solving this tragedy. Join hands with law enforcement to provide closure and justice to the victims and their families during this challenging time.