Deputies searching for person of interest in Lehigh double homicide

CREATED Dec. 11, 2013

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 LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. - The Lee County Sheriff's Office is looking for a man that may be involved in the deaths of two Lehigh Acres residents.

24-year-old Steven Tompkins is wanted for questioning in the double homicide.

Two people, who relatives identify as Shelley Tompkins and her son, Daniel, were found dead inside their home on Jefferson Avenue Tuesday night around 7.

Investigators say friends went to check on the family and found their bodies.

"They knocked on the door, no one was answering, got inside and it was a very grisly scene," Lt. Larry King with the Lee County Sheriff's Office said.

Neighbors say they are shocked.

"After this happening, a lot of people are scared and I can't blame them," neighbor Jim Fyffe said.

Neighbors say Steven Tompkins is Shelley Tompkins' oldest son. They say he lived with his mom inside the home and that Daniel recently moved back after serving in the Army.

"[Steven] was kind of a loner, he would wave but that would be it," Fyffe said.

Relatives say Shelley Tompkins worked at a health rehabilitation center. Her sister posted on Facebook, "To think I will never see my beautiful sister and nephew again...I am beside myself, in shock. I just saw her last week when she brought me lettuce from her garden."

Tompkins has a medium build, hazel eyes and short brown hair.

Deputies warning the public that Tompkins may be armed and traveling in a green 2004 Ford F150 pick up truck. The license plate of that vehicle is BFKT59. 

If you have any information about Tompkins' whereabouts your asked to call crime stoppers at 1-800-780-tips.