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He killed her at Hollywood beach then killed himself at a nearby motel, cops say

A screenshot of the GoFundMe Renee Roth’s daughter, Rebekah, created to cover her mother’s funeral expenses.
A screenshot of the GoFundMe Renee Roth’s daughter, Rebekah, created to cover her mother’s funeral expenses. GoFundMe

A daughter is heartbroken after her mother left for vacation and never came back.

Hollywood police detectives believe George Haitz murdered Renee Roth on the beach after an argument then killed himself in a motel room. It was not immediately clear what caused the argument or how they died.

Roth’s daughter, Rebekah, wrote on GoFundMe that her mother’s vacation began earlier this month.

“My heart has never felt a deeper pain than what it is now,” she said on Facebook.

Police said they were notified of a middle-aged woman’s body — later identified as Roth — floating in the water at roughly 2:30 a.m. Tuesday near the 700 block of North Broadwalk in Hollywood.

The investigation into her death led detectives to the 300 block of New York Street. There, they found Haitz’s body, according to police.

Investigators said the two had a romantic relationship. Family members confirm the couple also had a history of domestic violence, accented by prior police involvement, according to law enforcement. A LexisNexis search shows that Roth lived in Ohio.

“My mother was the most beautiful soul, one of pure love, joy, and laughter,” Rebekah said on Facebook.

Miami Herald staff writer Carli Teproff contributed to this report.

C. Isaiah Smalls II is a reporter covering breaking and trending news for the Miami Herald. Previously, he worked for ESPN’s The Undefeated as part of their inaugural class of Rhoden Fellows. He is a graduate of both Columbia University and Morehouse College.
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