Jason Smiddie Stabbed Grandma 100 Times and Shot Her With a Crossbow, Cops Say

Police across Florida are looking for a 19-year-old accused of killing his own grandma as brutally as possible: By stabbing her more than 100 times, beating her in the face with a wrench and even shooting her in the head with a crossbow.

Jason Aristotle Smiddie has been on the run since police in central Florida found his grandmother dead in her locked bedroom yesterday; Smiddie's father told police he'd admitted in a phone call that he'd killed her.

Smiddie, who lived with his family in Lake Wales in central Florida, called his father on Tuesday to tell him about the homicide, the AP reports.

For whatever reason, Polk County sheriff's didn't make it to check on 67-year-old Gloria Helfrich until Wednesday morning. They found Helfrich's bedroom locked.

"Deputies kicked in the door and found Gloria inside deceased, the obvious victim of a homicide," police say in a report.

If police know why Smiddie killed Helfrich, they haven't said, but it certainly sounds like a crime committed in serious anger: in addition to the hundred stab wounds, police say Helfrich had been shot in the head with a crossbow and horribly assaulted with a wrench.

Smiddie might be driving a silver 2006 Toyota Rav4, plate number N59-9GP, police say. If you see him tooling around South Florida today, call 911 or 863-298-6200.

The teen had been in police custody as recently as Jan. 30, the Orlando Sentinel reports, when he was booked in a child custody case.

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Tim Elfrink is a former investigative reporter and managing editor for Miami New Times. He has won the George Polk Award and was a finalist for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting.
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