Doctor's Wife Died From Blunt Force Trauma, Kathleen Briles Was Bound And Beaten To Death She Was Home Alone, Attack Mimics Manatee Sarasota Home Invasions. BRADENTON, FL -- The wife of a Manatee County doctor was bound before she was killed by blunt force, around 3:00pm on Monday August 3rd 2009, according to Manatee Sheriff Brad Steube. The body of 48-year-old Kathleen Briles was found by her husband, Dr. James Briles, Monday night. She had been dead 4 - 5 hours, according to investigators. At a Thursday morning news conference, Sheriff Steube said investigators found sign of forced entry into the Bay Shore Drive home.
"Kathleen was found bound. She was not shot. She was not strangled. She was not sexually assaulted. She died as a result of blunt trauma," Steube told reporters. He said items were taken from the home, but would not elaborate. He said that over a two-day period, CSI investigators collected a "substantial amount of evidence," including blood samples, DNA, fingerprints and other forensic material.
Dr. Briles, who is an associate at a general practice health care facility, has been ruled out as a suspect. Sheriff Steube said investigators are looking at possible similarities with other recent violent home invasions. "I've been asked numerous times, can we relate this to other home invasions in both Sarasota and Manatee counties? We have not ruled it out," Steube said.
The man responsible for the 11 Sarasota Manatee Home Invasions broke into homes during the day, targets middle aged woman home alone, he has bound his victims then beat them savagely causing blunt force trauma, one of his victims died, coincidence ?
The attacker in the Home Invasions in Sarasota and Bradenton Fl has been described by victims as a white male, 5'10" to 6' 0" tall, about 175 to 185 lbs, dark hair, 35 to 53 years old, speaks in street slang, some victims thought he was black by the way he talks, he wears a black ski mask, long sleeve shirts, gloves and has made statements that he robs to feed a crack cocaine habit.
The attacker appears to be targeting mostly middle-aged women, who live alone, creeping into their homes or yards and sneaking up behind them. He strikes them in the head, usually binds them with cords or rope he finds in their homes, then beats them again as he grabs cash, credit cards, jewelry and electronics but robbery does not appear to be the motive. It has been confirmed that a serial attacker of women is at large in the Sarasota Bradenton area who brutalizes his female victims.