Man found dead inside apartment complex
NORTH MIAMI, Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida family is demanding answers after their loved one was murdered inside his apartment.
Duanne Bethell's murder has left his entire family emotionally shattered. His mother, Glenda Bethell-Pletscher, was heading to his apartment located at 1475 Northeast 121st Street on Sept. 28, after receiving a call that he had not been to work in three days. "I said to him, 'I want to go up there and see him,' so he said to me, 'No, it's best not that you don't see him,' just remember him as I know him," said Glenda about the advice a police detective gave her.
Police discovered Bethell's body inside his apartment. He worked at a hotel as a facialist and was last seen by a coworker on Sept. 24.
According to police, there are no surveillance cameras on the property, and guards at the security gate were not taking down license plate information the night Bethell was killed. "When he got the apartment, I went and I checked up on him, and when I saw the guy at the gate, I felt at ease, not knowing it's not what it should be," said Glenda.
Police said Bethell's 2006 dark gray Toyota Scion is missing. They believe the killer possibly took off in his vehicle.
His brother Dillon said his brother was a hard worker with ambitions. "Before coming home, he traveled the world. He was an entertainer on a cruise ship. From the cruise ship, he went to California," said Dillon. "After California, he came home and he was always motivated."
Bethell's family is desperate and want the person responsible to come forward. "If anyone saw anything or knows anything or knows of anything, please contact the authorities, North Miami Police Department, to find whoever did this to my brother," said Dillon.
Police said robbery does not appear to be a motive.
Carolyn Collins, a tenant at the complex, said she has never been notified of anything at the community beyond some car break-ins. "There's a lot worse stuff going than that, so I'm surprised," she said, "so I didn't get a notice about that at all."
The apartment management declined to speak to 7News.
A service was held for Bethell last weekend, but his family plans on doing another service in the Bahamas.
If you've seen the 2006 Scion or know anything that can help investigators with this case, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.
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