Tampa police are conducting an investigation into a residential property in Ybor City, Tampa, following information received that human remains may be buried on the premises. Kurt Schleicher, the homeowner, allowed law enforcement officials access to his backyard after being informed of the potential presence of two buried women. Over the course of several weeks, investigators have returned to the property multiple times, utilizing cadaver dogs and forensic teams to search for evidence.
During one of these visits, Schleicher encountered a man claiming to be a nephew of one of the alleged victims. According to Schleicher, the man stated that the two women had met another individual who rented a room at the property. The family member informed Schleicher that the women went missing and were presumed dead. Investigators focused their search on a specific area of the backyard where they discovered bullets and bone debris.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) is assisting the Tampa Police Department (TPD) in the active investigation. However, as of Tuesday, no human remains have been found. The case originated from a deathbed confession made by a woman in 1995, in which a man allegedly admitted to killing two women and burying them in the backyard. The confession was reported to authorities in 2007.
The property in question has a history of violence. In 1933, the Licata family murder occurred at the same location, where Victor Licata killed his mother, father, two brothers, and a sister with an axe. This incident gained notoriety as it was falsely linked to marijuana use by Harry Anslinger, the former Commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics. Anslinger used the Licata case as part of his campaign against marijuana, which included the production of the film “Reefer Madness.”
Despite its troubled past, the blue house with the pink door continues to attract attention. The investigation into the potential presence of human remains remains ongoing.