Gilchrist County Homicide, Victim Dies Fleeing From Intruder
BELL - This week we learned of the mysterious death of 55-year-old Joyce Burrows out of Gilchrist County and as the investigation continues more information is coming to light about this homicide. An autopsy revealed she passed away from the injuries of a car. Before passing away though, she was able to tell neighbors she was trying to escape from an intruder. Family and friends are not only burying Joyce Burrow but celebrating her memory.
In Trenton, yellow and blue ribbons are keeping Joyce Burrow's memory alive because she was a huge West Virginia University fan. While she lived in Bell, Burrow worked at the Hithcock's Market in Trenton until about a year ago. Residents gathered across the store Saturday night where they held a candle-light vigil for her. Co-workers tell me she worked there for more than 25 years.
Barbara Griffis an employee at Hitchcock's Market who worked with Burrow said, "If you had a troubling day she would definitely brighten your day, she would always come up with some positive stuff."
Burrow was killed Wednesday at about 3am. It seems like Burrow encountered an intruder in her home and as she attempted to flee was struck by a vehicle. The Sheriff's Office believes these two incidents are connected.
Gilchrist County Sheriff, Robert Schultz said, "We are aggressively pursuing any and all leads in this case. We feel confident about this case. We feel like we a lot of good people working on it from the Florida Department to our agency working on this case."
Neighbors came to Burrow's rescue after hearing the car leave. Her last words before her death were that she was trying to escape from an intruder in her house. "We are looking at all angles of this, we do believe they are consistent with one another. They are more than likely the same person," Schultz said.
At her funeral family and friends gathered for their last goodbye. "I don't know why anyone would want to do this to a special person. I mean she was... She was such a special person," Griffis said.
The Gilchrist County Sheriff says they will release more information as they confirm it. As of now, they have not found the person who killed her. They are however asking anyone with information to please call Crime Stoppers at (352) 463-7867.