A caretaker walked into a St. Petersburg home Tuesday and made a gruesome discovery: the bodies of two people were found on the floor.
St. Petersburg Police said Paula Witthaus and a 67-year-old man who lived with her had been murdered.
It happened inside their home on 17th Ave. N in St. Pete.
A murder scene across the street was the last thing Rabia Sookdeo expected to see when she came home from work Tuesday.
"I'm scared. I'm very actually, like I said, usually we have our grandson out her playing. My mom is out here watering the plants. It's very scary," said Sookdeo.
Their caretaker found them brutally attacked Tuesday afternoon after no one answered the door for a second day in a row.
"Detectives informed we have evidence of upper body trauma. They're treating this as a homicide. No indication anything along the line of murder suicide," Mike Puetz with St. Pete Police.
Detectives spent much of the day going in and out of the house collecting all the evidence they could find.
They are questioning the caretaker in hopes it will provide some leads.
Meanwhile, neighbors can only wonder why something like this could happen.
"They seemed like friendly people. I remember Halloween. I took my grandson over there. I can't believe that in this day and age, that's all you hear of. It's scary and what's worse, whoever is behind the attack is still out there," said Sookdeo.
Police are still searching for a motive.
They do not have any suspects.
Anyone with information should contact the St. Petersburg Police Department.
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