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Tuesday, December 06, 2022

Woman found dead in Gainesville apartment complex

Police do not believe the incident to be a homicide

Editor's Note: This article has been updated to reflect the spelling of Karissa Holtz’s name, which is spelled differently in an obituary and court records. 

This story has been updated to reflect new information from an ongoing investigation.

An autopsy of the woman who was found dead at a Gainesville apartment complex Sunday confirmed her death was not a homicide.

Gainesville Police Department spokesperson Graham Glover declined to comment on what might have caused Karrissa Holtz’s death. She may have been dead inside the Pine Ridge Apartment, located on Northwest 26th Street near the Walmart Supercenter, for multiple days, he said. 

Daniel Reyerov, the resident who found her, called police after noticing flies surrounding the units' windows and entering the apartment to find Holtz’s body, according to WCJB TV-20. It is unclear if the unit belonged to her. 

Charlotte Nickell, Holtz’s aunt, told TV20 she felt let down by police after they only took half of Holtz’s body. Glover said the claims were “completely false”; the medical examiner retrieved the whole body.

Holtz has a criminal history including multiple thefts. At the time of her death, she was facing a charge for grand theft after allegedly stealing $500 worth of items from an acquaintance. 

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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Omar Ateyah

Omar Ateyah is a third-year journalism student and the Alligator's Race and Equity reporter. He previously served as the Alligator's crime reporter and as a news assistant on the Metro Desk. He enjoys going on long, thoughtful walks. 

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