Investigators Arrest Man in Connection with Mobil Mart Clerks Homicide
Flagler County Sheriff’s investigators have made an arrest in connection with the February 21 execution style
shooting death of Zuheily Rosado, a convenience store clerk who had been working at the Mobil Mart gas
station located at 6020 East State Route 100 in Palm Coast.
Joseph Frank Bova II, 25, whose last known address was 4600 East Moody Boulevard, Bunnell, was arrested
late Thursday afternoon by detectives with the Boca Raton Police Department on a warrant issued out of
Flagler County on charges of First Degree Murder in connection with Rosado’s death.
Surveillance video from the Mobil that was obtained on the night of the homicide was later further reviewed
at which time a man, now believed to be Bova, was seen entering the store and using the stores ATM machine
several hours prior to the shooting to use.
Early in their investigation, investigators learned of the make and caliber of the weapon used in the attack and
began a canvas of local gun retailers. Investigators learned that Bova had purchased a handgun similar to the
one used in the homicide from a gun shop in Daytona Beach in 2012. Based on information obtained
regarding the ATM transaction and the purchase of a handgun similar to the one used in the homicide
investigations viewed Bova as a person of interest in their investigation.
Investigators, working with detectives of the Boca Raton Police Department, located Bova who was living out
of his vehicle in Boca Raton. Flagler County investigators travelled to Boca Raton on Monday and worked
with local law enforcement authorities to secure a search warrant for Bovas vehicle.
A search of the vehicle was conducted on Tuesday at which time a handgun was recovered from inside the
vehicle. Investigators submitted the handgun for examination to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement
(FDLE) and for comparison with the three shell cartridge casings that were recovered at the homicide scene
on the night of Ms. Rosado death. Investigators were notified Wednesday by FDLE that the handgun that had
been recovered from Bovas vehicle was a match to the weapon used in the homicide. Investigators then
secured a warrant for Bovas arrest.
Following Bovas arrest, investigators returned to Boca Raton and attempted to speak with him about the
incident. Bova disclosed little information and later declined to speak further with investigators.
Bova was booked into the Palm Beach County Detention facility Thursday evening where he is being held on
no bond to await return to Flagler County.
“Ms. Rosado’s death was both tragic and senseless. This man has forever changed the lives of Ms. Rosado’s
children, her parents, other family members and friends,” said Sheriff James L. Manfre. “My hope is that the
arrest of this man in connection with her death will allow Ms. Rosado’s family to move further along in the
Previously: A female gas station clerk was killed Thursday night at the Mobile gas station at 6020 East State Route 100 in Palm Coast.
The incident was reported to the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office at 10:21 p.m. by a customer who
entered the store and discovered the female on the floor behind a counter. Patrol deputies along with K-
9 units rushed to the scene arriving within approximately three minutes of the call being dispatched.
Once on scene, deputies set up a perimeter and began a search for the suspect. The store clerk has been
identified as 32-year-old Zuheily Roan Rosado of 601 Madison Green Circle, Palm Coast.
The suspect is seen on video entering the store. He is described as a light-skinned man, approximately
5’10” tall, wearing blue jean pants and a dark t-shirt. The man is seen in the video pulling his shirt up
over his face. The man is then seen fleeing the store moments later and heading west towards the
northbound entrance ramp to I-95. Deputies searched the area with assistance from Volusia County
Sheriff’s Office Air One but were unable to locate the suspect.
Detectives are presently on scene along with investigators from the State Attorneys Homicide
Investigative Unit and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Crime Scene Unit. The Medical
Examiner’s Office is en-route to the scene.
Detectives are working on obtaining video from the stores surveillance system. Video will be released
once it becomes available.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 386-313-4911 or call
Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida, toll-free, at (888) 277-TIPS. Tipsters who provide information to Crime Stoppers will remain anonymous and can qualify for a reward