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Missing Man Probe Includes Dead Dog, Check Cashing

Raymond Scott Rupp, 45, was last seen in the middle of August when he left his home at the Harbor Club Condos at 455 Alt. 19 to take a computer to be repaired.

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help locating a visually-impaired Palm Harbor man who was reported missing by the manager of his condo complex.

Raymond Scott Rupp, 45, was last seen in the middle of August when he left his home at the Harbor Club Condos at 455 Alt. 19 to take a computer to be repaired.

Detectives say Rupp has a visual impairment and does not own drive or own a car.

Investigators have also released other unusual developments in the case:

On Aug. 21, deputies responded to Rupp's condo when the management reported a foul odor coming from the residence. Deputies went inside and found a dead female, yellow labrador dog. Deputies were unable to contact Rupp, who rents the condo. They found no evidence to suggest the labrador was a service dog. Animal control was also called to conduct an abandonment-neglect investigation.

By Sept. 16, the manager of the condo complex told deputies that Rupp had not returned to his condo.

"We don't know exactly what happened to him," the manager told Palm Harbor Patch Monday morning.

On Sept. 28, a sheriff's K-9 unit discovered two of Rupp's checkbooks in a transient camp in a wooded area near Nebraska Avenue and U.S. 19. while investigating an unrelated case.

Detectives say there is evidence that someone -who was not Rupp- tried to cash checks on Rupp's account after he was last seen.

Detectives have interviewed Rupp's former roomates and other people he knows.

A Palm Harbor Patch reader says she was at the Harbor Club condos late Friday afternoon and saw deputies launch a boat in the pond. It appeared as though they may have been looking for something in the pond.

Investigators have released this description of Raymond Scott Rupp, along with his photo-

  • Age 45
  • 5-foot-10
  • About 120 pounds
  • Graying brown hair
  • Blue eyes
  • Slight facial hair, possible goatee

If you have information that can help detectives call Pinellas County Sheriff's Crimes Against Persons Corporal Ed Judy at (727) 582-6200, or you can call Crime Stoppers to remain anonymous at 1-800-873-TIPS

The Masked Blogger October 09, 2012 at 04:45 AM
Where EXACTLY is this "transient camp"? The poor guy is disabled and no one was looking out for him, AT ALL?? People just plain suck sometimes.
Concerned citizen October 09, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Management in this complex lacks in every way possible! What about the neighborhood watch? Where were they, buck up and get new people to do both jobs!
jasminetea October 09, 2012 at 04:48 PM
I would like to know where this transient camp is also?
Julie Mango October 09, 2012 at 10:12 PM
How can a person "not be seen since the middle of August" and nobody calls in authorities?? Then authorities are called in because of the smell of a dead dog on Aug. 21, and still no one becomes concerned? And on Sept. 16th, the manager tells police that they don't know what happened to him? And on the 28th, they find 2 of his checkbooks in a "wooded transient camp" (what, and where, is that??), and find someone trying to cash his checks? Are they investigating his disapperance now?
Ken Donald October 12, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Yesterday's Tampa Bay Time quotes Keith Capodicasa, president of Harbor Club Downs Condominiums, as calng the complex a "safe haven". That place is anything but! Transients, late night parties, discarded beer cans litter the grounds and access ways... one of the buildings burned recently and the remains were left to decay for months and months after. I once went met a Realtor there to see a vacant unit - it was all I could do to avoid being run over by a 4x4 truck screeming through the lot. The property is a blight on the Palm Harbor community - this latest incident doesn't surprise me at all!

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