Two dead bodies found at a Dollar General, ruled double homicide


[Last updated on August 27, at 1:25 p.m.]

Weirsdale, Florida — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating after two dead bodies — one male one female — were found in a vehicle. The 911 call was received Saturday at approximately 9:38 a.m.

When investigators arrived, they discovered a maroon Dodge Durango parked in the parking lot of a Dollar General, located at 13842 Southeast Highway 42, Weirsdale, with the two bodies inside.

The victims were identified as Stephanie Gonzalez, 39, and Jeffery Durden, 44.

According to sources close to the family, both victims had been shot. Several miles away, a second man, identified as Joseph Gonzalez, 51, was in a Burger King parking lot. After a brief encounter with deputies, he shot himself.  Joseph was taken to a local hospital where he later died.

According to family, Joseph was supposed to meet his wife, Stephanie, at the store. Stephanie allegedly had the intention of serving Joseph with divorce papers because she and Jeffery were in a relationship.

Investigators believe that Joseph shot Stephanie and Jeffery.

Joseph’s death was ruled a suicide.

If you have information about this case, call the Marion County Sheriff’s Office at 352-732-9111, Crime Stoppers at 352-368-STOP, text a tip to 274637 using keyword 368-STOP, or visit Anonymity is guaranteed.

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  • tomfromocala

    Suicide? Drug OD? Murder? Who knows in this town that county commissioners have helped turn into Orlando.

    • Dan Miller

      It was a double murder…. I was at the dollar general when the sister found them…. She came running in store SCREAMING call 911 They’re BOTH DEAD!!!! It must’ve happened last night cause cashier said truck was there when she left last night…….Sad when anyone dies and to deal with finding a family member like that….WOW!!!! Was probably a drug deal gone bad but who can say…. All I know is two people got shot in the head…. I know I saw the bodies just Sad state our c is in….

  • Lunarbrez/Queenie

    This is my cousin Jeff and his ex-wife, Stephanie. I have heard stories from family members they may have been shot by another ex-husband of hers, but not verified.

    • Crystal Samarco

      Jeff and Stephanie who? Just asking because I have friends there…..and am worried it is them.

      • Lunarbrez/Queenie

        Jeff is from the Leesburg area.

        • Crystal Samarco

          I grew up in Pine Lakes, Eustis, leesburg areas

  • Tabatha Jaeger Steele

    Stephanie is my cousin. She and Jeff leave behind a 6 yr old son.

    • Lunarbrez/Queenie

      I feel sorry for all the kids involved. My daughter was friends Jeff’s daughter when we lived down there.

  • Elsa Roemer

    Stephanie is my cousin and she was sweet person in the world she love her boys and.she love doing thing with him to l am go to miss her lost

  • Karen D. Pauly-Gugliuzza

    Terribly sad.


    Some people take “till death do us part” literally. Very unfortunate and condolences to all involved.