Investigators searching for clues in missing Winter Garden man's homicide


APOPKA, Fla. - The Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed Monday afternoon that the human remains found in a burning car are in fact those of a missing Apopka man.

Sheriff's deputies are combing crime scenes, looking for any clues in the death of 65-year-old Frank Wright.

Right now deputies have no motive and no suspects. They do have a number of clues spread out across three crime scenes.

The disappearance and subsequent death of Wright has the Orange County Sheriff's office back-tracking the last days of his life, looking for any clues in a case that went from missing persons, to possible foul play, to homicide in less than 24 hours.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office said the case is a priority for them and they are leaving no stone unturned.

Any little piece of information can be vital to the investigation and help move the case forward, investigators said.

For investigators, the timeline is as spread out as the crime scenes.

On Wednesday, Wright left his home with his truck and boat. He made it to his deceased mother's house in Apopka, where his hat was found.

Thursday, Wright's body was found inside a burning car in a garage in Orange County. By Friday, Wright's truck and boat were found at an apartment complex in Winter Park.

Deputies said the best clues right now are the truck and boat. Someone had to have driven the truck from Apopka to Winter Park, leaving it at a complex on Lee Road almost 48 hours after Wright died 6 ½ miles away.

A friend of the family Monday said the family is waiting for the county to release the body before a memorial can be held for Wright.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information to call.