Polk investigators rule Mulberry woman's death homicide, seeking tips from public

Posted at 7:19 PM, Mar 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-27 23:12:10-04

MULBERRY, Fla. — Polk County investigators are seeking tips after finding a 58-year-old woman dead last week in her Mulberry home. 

Polk County Sheriff's deputies responded on Thursday, March 22 to a home on N.W. 1st Avenue to conduct a well-being check on Tammy Butler.

Butler's friends had contacted the sheriff's office for help after not hearing from her for several days. 

“We’re shocked, this was a person that we’ve known growing up," said Butler's niece, Amber Jenkins. “She was a mother, a grandmother, a sister and an aunt." 

RELATED | Polk County detectives investigating suspicious death in Mulberry

Butler's son, Shawn, tells ABC Action News, he is traveling to Tampa this week to make funeral arrangements. Shawn also stated his mother operated a dog grooming business and spent time volunteering to do yard work for the elderly. 

Detectives recently ruled Butler's death as a homicide and are asking for the public's help in finding out what happened to her between March 17 and March 22. 

“We’re not looking to be vengeful, we’re not looking to be vindictive, we just want to know what’s happened to her," said Jenkins. "We just want to know the reason why, that’s all. We want closure with this.”

They ask if anyone has information about, spoke with, or saw Butler between those dates, to contact the sheriff's office at 863-298-6200. 

Anyone with information who wants to remain anonymous and be eligible for a $5,000 cash reward is asked to call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS.