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Police investigate slaying in Disney-developed town

By the CNN Wire Staff
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Death in the town that Disney built
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Police are investigating the first homicide in a Disney-developed town in central Florida
  • It is the first slaying in the picture-perfect town's 14-year history
  • Police responded to an emergency call at apartment building in Celebration, Florida
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(CNN) -- Police are investigating the first-ever homicide in a Disney-developed town in central Florida, officials said.

Osceola County police responded Monday to an emergency call at an apartment building in Celebration, Florida, after speaking with a neighbor who said she found 58-year-old Matteo Giovanditto dead in his home, according to police spokeswoman Twis Lizasuain.

Osceola police classified the death as a homicide, based on evidence found at the scene, according to a police statement. The victim's car was found Tuesday in Kissimmee, Florida, about 10 miles east of Celebration.

It is the first slaying in the picture-perfect town's 14-year history. Celebration's manicured lawns and classic movie theaters have drawn comparisons to the 1998 fictional drama "Pleasantville," in which two teens find themselves trapped in a 1950s-style television show.

The town is five miles south of Walt Disney World, among the world's largest and most visited resorts.

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