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'Disney Town' sees first murder

Residents in Celebration, the Florida town that Disney built, have been left shocked by the first murder in the community in its 14-year existence.

They woke to find the master-planned, picture-perfect central Florida community five miles south of Walt Disney World disfigured by the sight of yellow crime-scene tape wrapped around an apartment building.

Police were standing guard near the Christmas-decorated centre, where Bing Crosby croons from speakers hidden in the foliage.

Osceola County sheriff's deputies say a 58-year-old who lived alone with his Chihuahua was killed over the long Thanksgiving weekend.

The community's famous friendliness is what led investigators to Matteo Giovanditto's body.

Neighbours hadn't seen the victim for days, so they filed a missing person's report, then went into his apartment a day later and found him.

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