Three young children spent Thursday night alone in their Tavernier house with the bodies of their mother and her boyfriend, who were shot to death some time during the night.
They spent the better part of Friday with the bodies before a neighbor noticed the children in their yard around 2 p.m. The children are ages 3, 4 and 8.
The children told the neighbor the adults were in the house, dead, said Deputy Becky Herrin, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office's spokeswoman.
The neighbor went next door and found Tara Rosado, 26, and Carlos Ortiz, 30, shot to death. He called the Sheriff's Office, and deputies arrived at the Cuba Road home, near Harry Harris Park, shortly thereafter.
The Sheriff's Office confirmed the case is not a murder-suicide, indicating a double-murder suspect is on the loose.
Anyone with information about this crime should contact the Sheriff’s Office. Callers may also contact Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys. Tipsters can remain anonymous and, if a tip leads to an arrest in the case, the caller would be eligible for a cash reward. The Crime Stoppers hot line number is 1-800-346-TIPS. Tips may also be submitted on line at www.tipsubmit.com or via a text message to 274637 using the keyword TIP136.