"This is probably one of the most vicious and gruesome incidents that I’ve witnessed in my 20 years," Chief Jakari Young told WESH 2 News. "We can’t rule out that this may be totally random, but if it is totally random, the person responsible has to be deranged."
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Both victims, a husband and wife, suffered multiple stab wounds and lacerations, according to police. They were found early Sunday morning.
Officers responded to the double homicide after 1 a.m. after someone called 911 to report the two in the road. The reporting party thought the victims may have been involved in a hit-and-run.
People living in the neighborhood tell FOX 35 Orlando they are terrified.
"My wife is not leaving the house by herself. I can tell you that right now. And obviously, it was a man and a woman, so it makes you think even the both of us. How safe is our neighborhood?" asked Donald Sears.
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Officers believe the person of interest is a man wearing white or light-colored pants and a backpack.
Daytona Beach is currently bustling with tourists and locals during the 81st annual Bike Week festivities.
Daytona Beach Police asks anyone with information to contact Detective Howell at 671-5257.