Man who said he killed girlfriend changes story

Published: Tuesday, July 1, 2008 at 2:21 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, July 1, 2008 at 2:21 p.m.

The man who claimed he may have killed his girlfriend and left her behind a convenience store dumpster has changed his story.


Brenda Suzanne Horn, 31.

Nevertheless, investigators are still looking for the girlfriend to make sure she is safe.

Kenneth Mike Tilley, 34, of Daytona Beach, was arrested in Clay County after deputies reported finding him passed out along State Road 17 in a vehicle that had been reported stolen from Volusia County. Deputies said Tilley had been abusing methamphetamine before passing out.

On Saturday morning, Tilley allegedly told a Clay County corrections officer at the jail that after he and Brenda Suzanne Horn, 31, of Daytona Beach, stole the vehicle, they got into an argument and he beat her so severely that he may have killed her. During a subsequent interview with deputies, Tilley allegedly confessed to stealing the vehicle with plans to drive it to Clay County. Tilley reportedly said that during the drive, he and Horn stopped at a convenience store in northern Putnam County where they got into a fight and where Tilley said he left Horn lying behind a

large trash bin.

Deputies from both counties worked to take Tilley back to the store he had described in the Bostwick area of Putnam County. Investigators said Tilly pointed out Halls Superette and Deli as the store where he left Horn. Deputies were unable to find her in the area and did not find any signs of a struggle or fight.

Putnam County detectives have been searching for Horn since Saturday, including contacting her mother, her previous employers and her last known addresses, but no one has had any information on her whereabouts.

On Tuesday, Tilley reportedly recanted his story, telling investigators he made it all up. Tilley’s motive for misleading deputies was allegedly that he knew officials would find her and then she would realize he was in jail and would help bond him out.

In a news release issued by Putnam County on Tuesday, investigators said that “even though Tilley has changed his story, we have not changed our desire to locate Ms. Horn and confirm that she is safe.”

Anyone who has any information about the case is asked to call the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office at 386-329-0800 or call their local law enforcement agency.

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