A passing motorist made a grisly discovery shortly before 5 a.m. Tuesday, July 21, 2020, on Pine Ridge Boulevard, finding a man’s body about 8 feet off the roadway near the intersection of Amarillo Drive, according to Sheriff Mike Prendergast.
The discovery led sheriff’s officials to close the intersection at Pine Ridge Boulevard and Amarillo Drive down for several hours Tuesday, diverting traffic around the scene as detectives and crime scene technicians scoured the area in search of clues.
The male is a 29-year-old from Inverness, he was wearing a T-Shirt and shorts and was found on the right side of the northbound lane of Pine Ridge Boulevard, Prendergast said hundreds of feet from the crime scene, which was not visible to the eye at the intersection of Pine Ridge Boulevard and West Pinto Drive and Pink Poppy Drive. However, at North Flagstaff Drive and Pine Ridge Boulevard, detectives and forensics personnel could be seen searching the area for evidence.
The Medical Examiner arrived shortly after 8:30 a.m. The cause of death was unknown, Prendergast said, with an autopsy likely to occur within 24 hours.
“We haven’t moved the body,” he said when asked if the victim had any gunshot wounds. “We won’t know until the Medical Examiner comes and moves the body.”
The first responding deputy found the body, called EMS and secured the scene, Prendergast said.
“We’re collecting a lot of evidence,” Prendergast said, noting it was unknown if any of the items belonged to the victim. The identity of the man was not given, pending next-of-kin notification.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit at 352-726-1121. To remain anonymous, call the Crimestoppers tip line at 888-269-8477.