Stephen Perry, a writer for such 1980s cartoons as ThunderCats and SilverHawks, went missing last week. Perry's van was found last Sunday in Zephyrhills, Florida, and a man's severed arm was found inside. Police detained Perry's roommates this Friday.
Perry, 56, is best known for his work on Thundercats, Silverhawks, and the 1985 comic book series Time Spirits, which experienced a resurgence in media exposure last winter due to uncanny similarities it shared with James Cameron's Avatar. According to Fox 13 Tampa Bay:
Just one day after Zephyrhills Police announced they were searching for three roommates who disappeared under mysterious circumstances, two of them are now in jail.
Detectives say they arrested Roxanne and James Davis on probation and drug charges respectively Friday night.
Saturday authorities say the two are now persons of interest in the disappearance of their roommate, Stephen Perry.
"I never even seen the people that live there," explained neighbor Lynette Roberts.
Residents in the Zephyrhills neighborhood don't seem to know anyone living in the home on 8th Street, but did see the police there this week. Investigators say the home where the three lived appeared to be ransacked.
But perhaps the most gruesome detail was what led investigators to go check on Perry in the first place.
Last Sunday, outside the Quality Inn on Bearrs Avenue, detectives opened up a van registered to Perry after a guest smelled something foul. What they found inside, they say, was a severed arm.
Police also found Perry's home ransacked and further human remains in a dumpster near Perry's home. Perry suffered from bladder cancer and had been living in a van with his son Leo, 5, until he received financial assistance from the Hero Initiative, a charity which helps comic creators in need. In March, Perry thanked the Hero Initiative for its efforts in a letter on its blog:
The Initiative gave me the breathing room to get some Medicaid and food stamps, and while we are always in danger of losing our home, electricity and belongings at any moment, I will always be grateful from the depths of my heart for the past six months of fairly solid home life I have had with my little boy.
In an interview with the St. Peterburg Times, Krystal Carroll, Perry's ex-girlfriend and Leo's mother, referred to Perry in the past tense. Leo is presently staying with his mother. Police are considering this case a possible homicide investigation.
[via Robot 6]