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St. Pete woman found dead inside car at her home, police investigating

Posted at 10:36 PM, Nov 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-22 16:57:05-05

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Police in St. Petersburg are investigating after a woman was found dead in a car at the home she shared with her boyfriend Thursday night.

The St. Petersburg Police Department responded to 7380 Organdy Dr. N., after a friend of Sophie Solis, 43, found her dead inside a Cadillac car parked in her driveway.

Police say the friend became concerned after they weren't able to get into contact with Solis after Wednesday morning.

Neighbors say the cadillac where the body was found is ordinarily covered by a tarp in the driveway. It's unclear if the car was covered when friends discovered Solis' body.

Investigators say there were signs of homicidal violence at the scene. They say an official cause of death will be determined by an autopsy.

Officers have not named any suspects but tell ABC Action News they are looking into the possibility of domestic violence. Police have been called to the home 18 times for domestic violence related activity. Earlier in the month, police detectives say they investigated after Solis' boyfriend cut her with a knife. Solis decided not to press charges.

Neighbors also say they've noticed a spike in violent activity at the home. "There has been constant fighting going on," Dietrich Shireman said. Shireman lives across the street from Solis. "We hear screaming and yelling often and there have been cops coming down this street left and right."

Yolanda Fernandez, spokesperson for the St. Pete Police Department said they are questioning Solis' boyfriend but not naming him as a suspect. "We don't make assumptions because that's not how we do our investigations. We have to start from scratch," she explained.

Shireman says his neighbor will be sorely missed. "She was a nice person and she was always there for her friends. Her friends absolutely loved her," he said.

Detectives say the investigation is active and ask anyone with information to call them at 727-893-7780 or text SPPD + your tip to TIP411.