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Murder arrest made in St. Petersburg domestic violence case after woman’s body located in trunk of car

Officers from the St. Petersburg Police Department were called to 7380 Organdy Drive N shortly before 8 p.m. on Thursday, November 21, 2019. Officers arrived along with paramedics from St. Petersburg Fire Rescue and located a woman dead in the trunk of a vehicle.

The victim, identified as 43 year-old Sophie Solis, resided at 7380 Organdy Dr. N.

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Friends who became concerned after not being able to contact her arrived to her home. Upon arrival, the friends found the home in disarray and located Solis’ purse in the clutter. They also located a spare set of keys to a vehicle parked at the home. They located the body of Solis upon opening the trunk of the vehicle.

The Cadillac belonged to 57 year-old Warren Brown who resided at the home.

Framed photographs of the couple, bloody paper towels, a blood covered men’s robe with the monogrammed name “Warren”, and a leather covered slapjack with blood, hair and flesh on it were located in the trunk.

A slapjack is an elongated leather-covered weapon that usually containing a piece of flat metal which is composed of lead. These weapons may also include a ball of lead placed on its tip to make it more damaging.

Police obtained a search warrant and located blood splatter on the ceiling of two rooms in the home.

Brown, after read his Miranda rights, admitted to stabbing the victim and placing her body in the trunk of his vehicle.

Based on the timeline, the friend last made contact with Solis at approximately 8:40 a.m. on Wednesday, November 20th. She never showed up to the friends home and Williams stated that she was sleeping. He also told the friend to avoid coming to the home. The friend observed Brown arrive at the home on Wednesday in his Cadillac and cover it with a car cover.

The St. Petersburg Police Department reports 17 calls for service at the address in 2019. These calls involved domestic violence, injunction violence injunctions, and aggravated battery.

On the day prior to the death, officers investigated a suicide threat at that address.

Brown was arrested Saturday night and faces charges of second degree murder.

Additional details to be released when made available.

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Original article published on November 21, 2019
Updated on November 24, 2019 to reflect the arrest of Warren Brown


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