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Charles Singer Was Murdered, Sheriff’s Office Says After ID of West Flagler Man Missing 2 Months

| April 12, 2017

Charles Singer was 48.

Charles Singer was 48. He was murdered and buried in his backyard, sheriff’s officials say.

Last Updated: 5:40 p.m.

The body of a man recovered at 80 Pine Tree Lane last week during a search by law enforcement was identified today as that of Charles Singer, who had been a resident at that address. He had been shot and killed, the Sheriff’s Office said.


From the Medical Examiner’s office, we got a positive identification of the individual,” Mark Strobridge. the Sheriff’s Office’s chief spokesman, said this afternoon. “It is our missing person, unfortunately, and the cause of death is a gunshot wound.”

“It is definitely not a suicide. It is definitely not self-inflicted,” Strobridge specified. “This is a murder.”

Nobody is in custody at the moment, though several individuals have been interviewed. “Just like every other criminal investigation,” Strobridge said, “there’s a process, and one of those processes is sifting through the evidence, finding out where the evidence leads. Because what you don’t want to do in any criminal investigation is not become focused on one particular individual.” When that happens, sometimes the wrong individual is the focus, and the right individual skips town, he said. “Evidence always leads to the truth, and it’s usually indisputable truth.”

Detectives served a search warrant at the west-Flagler property on April 7. By the time they had secured that search warrant, they were already operating on the suspicion that a murder had been committed, according to the warrant obtained by FlaglerLive: The warrant makes reference to searching for items “relating to the crime of Murder,” and sought “the body of Charles Singer,” his cell phone, his bank and food stamps card, and “biological evidence,” and any “evidence relating to the crime of Murder.”

A cadaver dog eventually found Singer, 48, buried somewhere on the property.

A sheriff’s incident report had previously documented Singer’s missing status, after a deputy spoke with members of his family on March 23. That report is heavily censored, as the investigation is ongoing. But it suggests that different people told different stories about Singer. In one case, someone told the deputy that Singer “has not been heard from or seen for a decent amount of time.”

A sheriff’s commanders report for that day states that Singer’s “wife stated she hasn’t seen [Singer] in a few months since he moved out of the residence.”

The residence, a white, doublewide mobile home with blue window shutters, is occupied by Dorothy Singer. Charles Singer was also known as Butch Singer.

It’s not clear how long Singer had been dead, or whether a weapon was recovered.

“We will do everything possible to bring this man’s killer or killers to justice,” Sheriff Rick Staly said in a release issued this afternoon. “We are conducting a thorough investigation.”

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8 Responses for “Charles Singer Was Murdered, Sheriff’s Office Says After ID of West Flagler Man Missing 2 Months”

  1. Karen says:

    We live just down from Butch’s property and although I did now know him well, he was always neighborly. Knowing the man was murdered is horrible news, my condolences to his family. I certainly hope the person/people responsible for his death are convicted and pay for their crimes.

  2. Sw says:

    Motels,$, murder, madness…

  3. Komodo Dragon says:

    I’m sure there will be multiple arrests. There is no way that anyone would go missing and a freshly dug makeshift grave goes unnoticed. Now, those responsible have a heavy debt to pay and a life sentence seems like a slap on the wrist. Sheriff Staly, I trust you will find the responsible individual and ensure the stiffest penalty shall be imposed under the law. This is certainly not to be considered the perfect crime and plenty of evidence will speak of this horrific act of violence. The capabilities of the murderer(s) may suggest that this is either not their first killing or that it won’t repeat itself. Staly is coming for you and if you skip town, you are only making it obvious.

  4. Ornery Butterfly says:

    Sad and hope they catch who killed Butch😔

  5. Chrisie says:

    Butchie was my cousin, I had fond memories of visits with him when we were kids – he was a sweet soul, he didn’t deserve this and the fact is the sheriff’s office will apprehend the people involved.

  6. Courtney says:

    He was a great guy that I have kn own over 20 yrs. He never met a stranger and was always there if you needed anything such a sad ending to his life

  7. Anonymous says:

    Killing a disabled person who is at a loss to defend themselves is about as low as it gets.

  8. Deborah Branson says:

    Chrisie, I am so sorry for your family’s loss. He was a good friend of my son’s. When he’d come to town, he’d always stopped by to see me.

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