• Person of interest sought after woman found slain in Port Orange home, police say

    By: Kelly Healey


    PORT ORANGE, Fla. - A woman was found dead inside a Port Orange home Monday night, police said.


    Diana Kessler, 32, was found in the Hatteras Drive home at about 9 p.m. Police said Kessler was a victim of a homicide.


    Investigators said they are searching for Thomas C. McMullen, who is a person of interest in the case. Kessler's body was found inside his parents' home, police said.


    Police said McMullen's parents were out of town and they had asked a friend to check on their cat, and that's when the friend found Kessler's body. 


    Authorities received a call from a man saying he found the body when he went to feed the cat.


    “There's somebody in the kitchen on the floor. There's blood all over them. I didn't walk in any further than that,” the 911 caller said.   


    McMullen, 37, is described as Caucasian, weighing 180 lbs, with hazel-brown eyes and 5 feet 11 inches tall. State records show that he was released from prison, where he served time on drug charges, in December, 2016.     


    “Thomas McMullen is possibly driving a 1998 Buick Regal, maroon in color, four doors, with extensive damage on the driver side, bearing Florida tag: M534QE,” a news release said. “It is unknown if Thomas McMullen is armed at this time or a threat to others.”


    Police said Kessler and McMullen knew each other. The cause of death has not been released. 

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