ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - Orlando police are handing out a flyer with an image taken from a surveillance camera at the Uptown Place Apartments. It is the last time Sasha Samsudean was seen in public, alive. Now, investigators are desperate to figure out what happened to her. They know she went out with friends Friday night, and they know she got home safely just before 2 a.m. on Saturday morning. They also know she never went back out, but after that, the trail goes cold.
"This is very sad," said Sgt. Wanda Ford with the Orlando Police Department. "Our biggest thing is, we really want to solve this, and I hope that anyone who sees this picture and can recognize her, that they can please give us a call."
Detectives have confirmed that the death of the 27-year-old woman is a homicide. They found her dead inside her locked apartment while doing a well-being check, after none of her friends could reach her. Investigators are not saying how she died but add that it did not appear anyone forced their way into her key-pad locked door. It has some residents on edge.
"Is there someone going around killing females? Was it a crime of passion? It could be anything, and we just want more details," said neighbor Greg Fortunat.
"I hope they find who has done this to her," said one of Samsudean's friends, Elonda Jackson. Jackson said she attended Seminole High School with Samsudean, who was on the school's Dazzler dance team back in 2006. "Everyone's shocked and saddened. I know her parents are beside themselves right now, at such a loss, and all of the girls that knew, her loved her very much and are very saddened by these events."
Jackson said friends have been mourning the loss of Samsudean, posting pictures online and sharing stories. "Her most fond memory of Sasha was during fireworks. She would walk backwards, so she would not miss their beauty," Jackson said, as she read comments on a Facebook page. "Another friend says 'I'm heart broken, please let us know what we can do.'"
Anyone in the area of Orange Avenue and Marks Street early Saturday morning with information about this case is asked to call Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS (8477).