Detectives search for suspect in Cocoa homicide after body found in motel room

Last Updated: Thursday, February 08, 2018, 3:02 PM EST

Cocoa detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect connected to the murder of a 65-year-old Ocala man.

  • Detectives seek suspect in Cocoa homicide
  • Body of 65-year-old man from Ocala found in motel room
  • Suspect described as white male in early to mid-20s

Police say they responded to Dixie Motel Wednesday just after 11 a.m. after an employee at Dixie Motel on 301 Forrest Avenue reported finding a body in one of the motel rooms.

Authorities determined that Terry Scott Hillard, 65, was murdered. They say he arrived at the motel Tuesday around 5 p.m. and was accompanied by a younger man.

Police are seeking a white male suspect in his early to mid-twenties, with average build, dark hair and a short goatee.

He was seen on security footage wearing a black, short-sleeved, button-down shirt, with loosing fitting blue jeans and black shoes.

Detectives say the suspect may have fled with the victim’s vehicle to the Hialeah area of South Florida.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS. Calls remain anonymous.