Murder of ex-Gainesville resident still a mystery

The home of murder victim Ina Gross, inset, is in the 11000 block of Hyacinth Place in Lakewood Ranch. Gross was found dead in the garage by her son. (Dale White/Sarasota Herald Tribune)

Published: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 1:52 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 1:52 p.m.

Manatee County authorities continue to look for clues in the homicide earlier this month of a former Gainesville resident who was found dead in her home.

Ina Gross, 78, of Lakewood Ranch was killed Jan. 8, officials said. Her son, Thomas Gross, found her body in the garage, according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Gross’ late husband, Dr. Samuel Gross, was a pediatric hematology/oncology physician at Shands at the University of Florida and a professor emeritus.

Ina Gross attended Cornell University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in social work and a master’s in psychology from Case Western Reserve in Cleveland.

Thomas Gross, who was visiting from Israel and staying at the home, called 911 about 5:30 a.m. to report her death, the Herald-Tribune reported.

Police said there was no forced entry into the home and detectives did not see any suspicious people or vehicles in the home security videos deputies collected from neighbors.

The cause of death has not been reported, but the medical examiner ruled it was a homicide.

The Sheriff’s Office initially seized Thomas Gross’ Israeli and U.S. passports, a knife and towels from the garage, two cellphones, a suitcase, broken shower curtain rings from the garbage and two computers, Steube confirmed.

The passports were returned to Thomas Gross, and he has returned to Israel, the Herald-Tribune reported.

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