Police posted images of Cheri Amber Houston, 28, at a Walmart in Ocoee. The images were released with hopes that someone would recognize the male and notify police.
The crime was reported April 10, 2015.
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The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a man seen at an Ocoee Walmart with a woman whose body was found two days later in Clermont.
The man appears to be walking with Cheri Amber Houston, 28, at the store at 6:15 p.m. on April 2.
“She can be seen with an unknown African-American man on the store’s security camera footage and detectives are releasing the photographs in an effort to identify this man,” said Lt. John Herrell, sheriff’s spokesman. “He was driving a late-90s model black Ford Explorer.”
Herrell said the sheriff’s office is not referring to the man as a suspect or person of interest, only “someone detectives want to speak with.”
Houston was found early in the morning on Friday near the intersection of Hancock and Hartwood Marsh roads. A cause of death has not been released, but detectives said it is “suspicious.”
Detectives believe Houston, who is from Newnan, Ga., had been in the Ocoee and Winter Garden areas along the Highway 50 corridor since March 31.
Houston was a transient and over the past 8-10 weeks had moved from Miami to Nashville, on to North Carolina, then to the Atlanta area before coming to Orlando, detectives said. They also learned she has a history of drug abuse.
A woman walking her dog around 8:45 a.m. on Friday discovered the body in a wooded area about 300 feet from the intersection. The 5-foot-2, strawberry blonde was found wearing denim capri pants and a blue shirt.
Detectives believe the body had been there less than 24 hours.
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