Boyfriend of murdered PSL mom passes polygraph test

Melanie Henningsen
Melanie Henningsen
Jose Ortiz
Jose Ortiz

PORT ST LUCIE, FLORIDA - Posted by Rachel Leigh - email

PORT ST LUCIE, FL (WFLX) - A Port St. Lucie mother of two was shot and killed inside her upscale home Sunday according to police.

UPDATE, THU 10:30 AM: Police say Melanie Henningsen's boyfriend, Jose Ortiz, was given a polygraph. He voluntarily answered police officers questions and passed. He is not listed as a suspect.

Port St. Lucie Police now have all available detectives on the case. "There's so many avenues that need to be covered," said Officer Tom Nichols. "Gathering evidence at the scene, getting evidence down to be examined, any tips that come in need to be followed up on."

In her dying breath, Henningsen told police two men with dark complexions shot her.

If you know anything, call Crime Stoppers 1-800-458-TIPS.

Update, TUE 11 AM: Melanie Henningsen, 26, worked as a customer service representative for an insurance company and was raising her two sons, ages 2 and 8. But early Sunday morning, police say, two men entered her home and killed her.

Police believe the home was targeted and this was not a random crime, but have not offered a possible motive.

Henningsen's boss at JPA Insurance, Donna Barr, described Henningsen as the best employee she has ever had.

Henningsen lived at the Duke Circle home in Port St. Lucie with her boyfriend and children.

While the family grieves, investigators continue to search for the culprits.

Previously: A Port St. Lucie woman was shot and killed inside her upscale home according to police.

They've been at the house all day Sunday trying to get to the bottom of it. "We don't know why she was targeted. We don't know why the home was targeted," said Police Officer Tom Nichols.

Investigators say this wasn't a random, deadly shooting, but some neighbors are still worried. "Makes me feel kind of scared knowing stuff like this is going on," said one neighbor.

Police say a 26-year-old woman was shot in her home shortly after midnight Saturday. She was found by officers then rushed to Lawnwood Medical Center. Hospital officials tell us she died around 6 a.m. Sunday morning.

Now, the police are looking for clues. "We got a search warrant. We're going through the house," Nichols said. "Detectives are going to be out here, talking to neighbors and family, to find out why this person was shot."

Neighbors say they didn't hear anything -- just the police and rescue crews that came later.

There were also no red flags when it came to the family living there. "As far as the people that live in the house, they just seemed like a regular family," said Caesar Rios. Rios, a new grandfather, moved his family out of Palm Beach County to get away from more crime -- only to find it two doors down in Port St. Lucie. "But, unfortunately, this is going to change things. It definitely changes things."

That feeling is shared by many neighbors. "It was surprised to hear there was a killing over here because we have a good neighborhood," said one neighbor.

"I guess I'll be putting some cameras up this week," Rios said.

Investigators are taking countless pictures of this crime scene as this investigation continues.