TARPON SPRINGS - Dena Tingling is so determined to find her father's killer she ended up spending the day in the hospital. She passed out reward fliers for so long in the pouring rain she ended up injuring her back.
"That's my dad," explained Tingling. "I would have done it in the snow."
Tingling's father, Eddie Dixon, was found dead on the floor of his Tarpon Springs apartment on December 7. The 73-year-old's caretaker had come to give him a bath when she found the front door unlocked.
"He didn't deserve this," Tingling said.
Police have disclosed very few details in the case and have not said how Dixon died. They will only say he suffered upper body trauma.
They also haven't offered a motive.
Dixon was a veteran and was adamant about living alone. Tingling told ABC Action News the day her father received the keys to his apartment at the North Ring Village housing complex he could not stop smiling.
He lived there for close to four years and acquired lots of friends in the complex.
"I would cook for him," explained Patsy Vilsaint, his neighbor. "I loved him and he loved me."
Neighbors describe Dixon as friendly and giving. He was frequently seen on his porch sitting beside his walker.
The housing complex does have several surveillance videos. However, none were pointed at Dixon's door.
Tingling said her father would have never opened the door for a stranger. She feels whoever killed her father knew him.
Neighbors are also fearful the killer lives among them.
"I have to bolt my doors at night. It is scary," Vilsaint explained.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS, online at www.CrimeStoppersofPinellas.org or text keyword TIP144 plus your tip info to CRIMES.
Tipster will remain anonymous and are eligible for a $1,000 reward.
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