Man arrested after blind woman found murdered, set on fire

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BRADENTON, Fla. (WFLA) – Detectives have made an arrest in a gruesome crime in Manatee County.

Early Monday morning, the body of 50-year-old Veronica Polite was found in a wooded area off 18th Street East in Bradenton. Deputies said she had been murdered and her body was set on fire.

Tuesday night, detectives arrested 23-year-old Dakota Jibson in connection with her death.

According to a sheriff’s office spokesman, Jibson was identified as a suspect on Monday. He was charged with murder on Tuesday. 

Deputies say he is expected to have a first appearance on Wednesday.

News Channel 8 spoke with the victim’s family on Monday. They told us Polite was legally blind and didn’t get out much.

She was last seen sitting on her patio Sunday night. Her nephew told investigators he heard her talking to a man outside sometime around 11:30 p.m. Soon after, she vanished.

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