Police Identify Suspect in the Suspicious Death of Henry Shell

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SUSPECT: James Monroe Sheets II, DOB: 2/12/1976, W/M, 4433 Chase Drive, Wesley Chapel, Florida, 33543

VICTIM: Henry Shell, DOB: 12/1/31, W/M 13403 Pine Lake Way, Tampa.

VICTIM VEHICLE: 2006 Mercury Grand Marquise, Gold

VICTIM BUSINESS: Shell Realty and Insurance, 1309 North Florida Avenue, Tampa

The medical examiner utilized dental records and identified the victim this afternoon as Henry Shell. Detectives have determined the 79-year-old victim was last seen alive on Saturday, 11/12/11,6:00p.m. at his insurance business on Florida Avenue. He was with James Monroe Sheets II. Detectives are still working to determine the relationship between the victim and Sheets. They believe the pair traveled in the victim's car that night between 6:20p.m. and 11:00p.m. to the Wesley Chapel area of Pasco County. Anyone who saw the victim, his vehicle or the suspect is urged to call the Tampa Police Department 813 231-6130.

Detectives identified Sheets as a suspect on Tuesday night after the victim was driven to the District III Headquarters in the trunk of his car. Sheets was arrested in the early morning hours of 11/16/11 for the theft of the victim's car. He is currently in the Hillsborough County Jail without bond on the Grand Theft Auto Charge along with Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Sheets was released from Florida State Prison on 5/13/11 after serving one year and two months for Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer and Resisting Arrest with Violence.

The medical examiner is conducting additional tests on the victim, but at this time his death as been classified as suspicious.

The suspect is NOT the man who drove Shell's car to police headquarters. That individual is only a witness. As a result of the ongoing investigation, his name is not being released at this time.

Laura McElroy