• Winter Garden man murdered in Sumter County, Sheriff's Office says

    By: Katlyn Brieskorn


    WILDWOOD, Fla. - The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a Winter Garden man was murdered in the Royal area of Wildwood.

    At 7:36 a.m. Saturday, deputies said, someone reported a body in a yard on County Road 231.

    Deputies identified the man as Michael Kotait. 

    Investigators said Kotait’s SUV was found in a lake, about a 16-minute drive away.

    Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to contact the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office at 352-793-2621 or Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS.

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