Deputies need help solving possible murder mystery

12:29 AM, Jun 2, 2011   |    comments
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BRANDON, Florida - The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is looking for help in backtracking what a 26-year-old father was doing in the hours leading up to his death.

Sean Michael Buchanan was found in the driver's seat of a crashed Toyota early Tuesday morning behind the AMC 20 Theatres at Regency Square Shopping Center.  The vehicle was discovered several hours after Buchanan saw a Memorial Day movie, but what first appeared to be a crash was later called "suspicious."

A subsequent medical examination found Buchanan had suffered "upper-body trauma" that was not consistent with a crash.  Homicide investigators were dispatched.

Buchanan was last seen at the movie theater and deputies home surveillance video will shed some light on whom he was with and potentially how he died.  But they are calling on the public to help them with information if they saw Buchanan at - or around - the theater Monday night.

Neighbors at his old apartment complex said Buchanan had just cleaned out his apartment earlier in the day.  They say had been living with his girlfriend - and mother of his child - but the two had agreed to separate several weeks prior and each had moved out.

Noah Pransky

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