DELAND, FL – A therapist specializing in anger management from Florida has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a homeless man and hiding his body in the trunk of a car. According to authorities in DeLand, Florida, 46-year-old Travis McBride has allegedly killed 51-year-old Clinton Dorsey and is likely to face first-degree murder charges.
The Deland Police Department was tipped off to the homicide through several 911 calls received Thursday morning. One anonymous caller indicated that a murder had occurred and reported seeing a person attempting to clean traces of blood from the street and search for shell casings.
The same caller identified the suspected murderer as “Travis”, and described the victim, known as “Clint”. According to the caller, the perpetrator had dragged the body across the road, placed it in his car, and left the scene.
A separate 911 call reported the suspect standing outside a downtown DeLand address 40 miles north of Orlando. The second caller, speaking in hushed tones, mentioned that “a murder was committed last night.”
Upon locating McBride, police noted minor injuries on him, which he attributed to his dogs. Another officer found the second caller who mentioned she was scared of McBride and that she witnessed him fatally shooting “Clinton.”
The woman led police to the site of the alleged shooting, where officers noted a large amount of drying water on the roadway despite there being no recent rainfall. A shell casing was also discovered at the scene.
As relayed by the witness, McBride had been looking for Dorsey hours before the shooting, accusing the latter of placing glass in a jar that could have harmed his dogs. The woman also reported McBride’s threats to kill Dorsey and himself has cautioned her against approaching law enforcement.
Upon investigation, the police discovered Dorsey’s corpse in the trunk of McBride’s 2016 Nissan Versa. Several individuals informed officers that Dorsey was a homeless man.
While attempts to formally interview McBride about the alleged murder led to him demanding an attorney, McBride is currently held in custody without bond at the Volusia County Jail. His attorney could not be reached for comment on Monday.
Public records and information from the website of Starting Point Mental Health LLC name McBride as the owner and resident therapist of the DeLand-based mental health institution. His expertise includes anger management and treating anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and sleep disorders.