From the Archive: Adjuster Murdered in Tampa Bay!

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First posted in the forum on 11/15/2004

The post below comes from the forum that we had during the years 2004 -2006.  We lost the forum but not the data.  The  discussion below is related to the killing of an adjuster doing her job 10 years ago on this date,  

5224    11/15/2004 11:59:20 AM        5882    Careful out there people!! [link][/link]


5259    11/18/2004 10:41:05 PM        1957    Here is the obituary for our fallen comrade from today's Tampa newspaper: Katrina "Katie" Froeschle FROESCHLE, Katrina Anne "Katie", 25, of Tampa, formerly of Tierra Verde, Fla., died Saturday, November 13, 2004, in Tampa. She was born in Fort Collins, Colo., and moved to Florida in 1981 from Lakewood, Colo. She was a 1998 graduate of Lakewood High School in St. Petersburg, Fla., where she was on the swim team. She was a 2002 graduate of Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in finance and risk management/insurance. She was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and enjoyed basketball, softball and cooking. She was Protestant. She was an adjuster at Florida Farm Bureau Insurance Co. She is survived by her parents, Jeffery A. and Leonore E. "Leo" Froeschle; two brothers, Samuel A. and Jesse D. Froeschle; all of Tierra Verde; paternal grandmother, Marjorie A. Froeschle of Iowa City, Iowa; and maternal grandparents, George and Nellie Hipkins of Port Deposit, Md. A memorial service will be held 4 p.m. Thursday, November 18, 2004, at The Island Chapel, 1271 Pinellas Bay way, Tierra Verde, with Dr. Mike Wetzel officiating. Online memorial and guestbook at E. Dale Gunter Funeral Home (727) 528-2880 Here is a weblink to the story with other links:           


5260    11/18/2004 11:43:17 PM        5836    JimF, thank you for the memorial site info. Bob. I wrote a short message and it took me 17min. Truly a sad occurrence.        


5264    11/19/2004 4:07:12 PM          1640    I cannot comprehend how such an ugly, dirty thing, such as this loss to a beautiful young lady could happen. When we lose a member of our family of adjusters, it hits hard. We are a unique group, even though we tussle occasionally, we still know who and what we are and make amends. How on earth anyone could take a young ladies life like this is just not acceptable. I just ask all of you to be aware of your environment and if you are not comfortable with your surroundings, leave and turn the claim back. Your life is not worth taking the risk, even though we are dedicated to helping others, we must exercise common sense at all times. Most of our citizens are good people, but there are some that are just truly mean and evil. Those types of people we want to avoid, and do everything in our power to assist the police to put them away forever. This is truly a sad event and one that none of us should ever forget. May Katie rest in peace and may her murderer be caught and severely punished.


5265    11/19/2004 7:33:22 PM          1957    Tom, here is a follow up story from today's [i]St Petersburg Times[/i] which provides more details about this tragedy as well as reports that murder charges have now been filed by police. **************************************************** [b]Man faces charges in adjuster's slaying[/b] [b]Investigators beat a judge's deadline to charge Jason Matthew Funk, accused of killing an insurance worker.[/b] By SAUNDRA AMRHEIN, Times Staff Writer Published November 19, 2004 ****************************************************** TAMPA - Haunted by a deadline that could have set a murder suspect free, investigators postponed sleep and pulled long shifts. Thursday night, they got what they wanted: A first-degree murder charge against Jason Matthew Funk. He is accused of killing insurance adjuster Katrina Anne Froeschle moments after the 25-year-old arrived to inspect damage from the summer's hurricanes to the roof of a house in Sulphur Springs. Funk, 27, faces charges of attempted sexual battery with great force while armed, armed robbery and burglary of an auto, according to Tampa police. Since then, blood found on Funk's clothes and the shoes he was wearing at his arrest has been identified as that of Froeschle's in lab tests done by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, said Tampa police spokeswoman Laura McElroy. Police also matched a fingerprint to Funk that was found in Froeschle's Chevrolet Impala, which was found a few blocks from Funk's home. ********************************************************** To read the rest of this story, please follow the weblink to the St Petersburg Times website below:  


5267    11/19/2004 7:56:38 PM          1957    For those adjusters who may have missed the earlier weblink, those of you who would like to send a message of sympathy and support for Katie's family and friends can do so by signing the Guest Book at the Gunter Funeral Home website as follows:      


5232    11/15/2004 1:47:00 PM          1957    Here are links to other reports on this story: I am sure others join with us in expressing our shock and sorrow at this tragic loss. I hope that the CADO Fund will consider sending flowers or making a donation to the charity of choice for Katrina's family. Please everyone be careful out there. It's a crazy world sometimes.


5233    11/15/2004 1:58:49 PM          5836    Our thoughts and prayers to the family. Bob.            Edit Delete Details


5236    11/15/2004 2:44:31 PM          1760    Please everyone, be aware of your surroundings on and off the roof. If your not comfortable with the looks of a particular home or neighborhood then return the assignment with your concerns noted. It is simply not worth the risk.         


5240    11/15/2004 7:26:00 PM          5279    WHAT A HORRIBLE STORY. I HOPE ALL OF YOU OUT THERE STAY SAFE. LISA


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