Friends look for answers months after St. Pete murders

Months after two people were found murdered inside a St. Petersburg home, mystery still surrounds what happened.
 
Friends of Paula Witthaus are looking for answers and justice.
 
"Now someone needs to standup and be accountable," said Nancy Fraze.
 
Fraze worked with Witthaus and her nonprofit, Demand Life, an organization Witthaus started to help people struggling to get health benefits.
 
"It's disheartening. It's heartbreaking. There's no closure for us. There's no closure for me. There's no closure for anyone," said Maria Jose Hays.
 
They want to know who and why someone would kill a woman they say dedicated her life to improving her community.
 
"She was on her way to doing great things, not just for herself but for this community," Fraze said.
 
Witthaus and her longtime friend, James Rapp, were found murdered inside her St. Petersburg home in January.
 
Police said there were no signs of forced entry and believe whoever did it was targeting the pair for some reason.
 
So far, no one has been arrested.
 
Friends said her death wasn't just a loss for them, but also the community.
 
"She had a lot to give. So for us as a community we just want closure and we just want to make sure that something like this never happens again," Hays said.
 
Police would not release specific details while the investigation is going on.

 

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