Suspect in Florida Quadruple Murder Makes Court Appearance

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HUDSON, Fla. — A man suspected in the killings of four people whose bodies were found decomposing outside of Tampa, Florida appeared in court Saturday. Police said they arrested Adam Matos, 28, at a hotel in downtown Tampa on Friday morning. Officials tricked him into leaving his room at the Floridan Palace Hotel, where he was staying with a boy. The boy was unharmed and is in state custody. Results were pending of a DNA test that would determine whether Matos is the father of the boy.

Matos denied any involvement in the killings to reporters. Police say Matos is the only suspect in the killings but he has not been charged. He was due in court on a warrant for aggravated assault charges.

“I love my son and I hope that he's safe right now,” Matos told reporters as he was led to a police car outside the hotel Friday. Officials said an investigator who specializes in talking to autistic children was interviewing the boy. They were not sure whether he might have witnessed the killings.

Matos is the only suspect in the deaths of the four people whose bodies were found in Hudson, some 45 miles away from the Tampa hotel, authorities said. Pasco deputies on Saturday released tentative identifications of the deceased. A news release said Megan Brown, 27; her parents, Margaret and Greg Brown, both 52; and another man, Nicholas Leonard, were the victims. All recently lived in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley, as did Matos. Officials also said that Matos lived in a home in Hudson with the Browns; Leonard did not live there.



— The Associated Press