POLK COUNTY, Fla. – Four people living on a Frostproof property
where three friends were slain earlier this month have been
arrested after Polk County investigators said the property was
like a landfill and covered in human and animal waste.
Damion Tillman, 23, Brandon Rollins, 27, and Keven Springfield,
30, were all found dead in Frostproof on July 18 where the best
friends had met to go on a fishing trip. Three suspects --“TJ”
Wiggins, 26, William “Robert” Wiggins, 21, and Mary Whittemore,
27 -- were later arrested and charged in connection with the
murders, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.
While homicide detectives were serving a search warrant for land
on Sarver Avenue near where the victims were found, they
observed hazardous conditions and asked for Polk County
environmental crimes to investigate, according to a news release.
According to the arrest reports, the camper where 58-year-old
Tony Wiggins Sr., 42-year-old Robert Keene, 54-year-old Nydia
Liboy and 19-year-old Chyanne Eccleston were living had an open
septic tank draining into the ground with “feces visible at the
surface of the ground.”
All four were arrested and charged with environmental crimes.
Environmental detectives said the property was covered in tires
and broken down vehicles, metals, appliances and other debris,
comparing it to a landfill.
“Throughout the property an excessive amount of flies were
swarming around the trash, dog feces and human feces,”
detectives wrote in the report.
Three dogs and a cat were found on the property and collected by
Animal Control, according to a news release.
Sheriff Grady Judd said the property was unfit for animals, let
“The property where these suspects live looks like a landfill
and has raw sewage all over the ground. It’s not only not fit
for humans, I wouldn’t even let a dog live there,” Judd said in
Wiggins Sr. told detectives he knows the septic tank is illegal
but can’t afford to have a proper system installed, which is why
he was draining it into the ground.
Wiggins Sr. is charged with improperly building and maintaining
septic, refusing to sign the animal control citation, operating
an unpermitted landfill, operating an unpermitted waste tire
facility, failure to report lost or abandoned property and the
illegal use of dairy cases. He remains in the Polk County Jail
as of Monday morning.
Keene and Liboy are both charged with improperly building and
maintaining septic and operating an unpermitted landfill. Both
Eccleston remains in jail as of Monday and is charged with
improperly building and maintaining septic.
Tony Wiggins Jr. and William Robert Wiggins, two of the suspects
arrested last week in the triple homicide, are also facing
charges related to the property. They are charged with
improperly building and maintaining septic tanks, operating an
unpermitted landfill and operating an unpermitted waste tire
facility. Both remain in the Polk County Jail.