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Police thought Cary murder suspect would turn himself in

Posted February 19

Police said a 74-year-old man was shot to death in his yard in west Cary on Feb. 14, 2014.
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— Police in Florida thought a man wanted for killing his ex-girlfriend’s father in Cary last week would give himself up to authorities.

Instead, investigators heard a single gunshot. Eric Paul Engel killed himself.

Engel, of Durham, N.H., was wanted for the Feb. 14 slaying of Aleksander Wysocki at his Cary home. He then traveled to the Angier’s Resort Motel in Dunnellon, Fla., and told a family member where he was.

That relative alerted authorities, said Capt. James Pogue with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office in Florida.

Investigators arrived at the motel Saturday and had a short conversation with Engel. They believed he was coming out of his room, Pogue said.

Authorities found a flashlight, binoculars, a bandanna, 9mm clips, two boxes of 9mm ammo and a 9mm glock handgun in the hotel room. They also found directions to St. Petersburg, Fla., and a journal with two pages that said “I am a failure.”

His ex-girlfriend, Jowita Wysocka, lives in St. Petersburg. The city is just more than 100 miles away from the motel.

Engel wrote about his breakup online.

“On January 26th, 2013, I celebrated ten years together with Jowita Wysocka,” he wrote on the website. “Up to that point, she had been my muse, my friend, and my love. Sadly, shortly after our ten year anniversary she decided she didn't love me anymore. Painting hearts had been my way of telling her and the world how much I loved her.”

Cary police Capt. Don Hamilton said the department will not release a motive as to why Engel allegedly killed Wysocki.

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  • monami Feb 19, 6:24 p.m.

    What an odd case. Why does an ex-boyfriend from NH kill his ex's 74 year old father in Cary, NC? Something's stinky.