Body found in woods in Gifford; deputies investigating

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — Deputies are investigating after a passerby found the body of an unidentified 30-year-old man in a wooded area Thursday afternoon.

A woman called deputies about 4 p.m. Thursday to report the discovery of the body in the 3100 block of 45th Street, across the street from Smith’s Grocery Store, Indian River County Sheriff’s Detective Michael Dilks said. Dilks said there were no signs of obvious injuries.

Dilks said drug paraphernalia was found at the scene, but could not release further details. Deputies are investigating whether drugs were involved in the man’s death.

Dilks said the man worked at a car wash on the corner of 28th Court and 45th Street.

Dilks said the man, who was homeless, was known to deputies as a drug user. The area where the man’s body was found was frequented often by the homeless as a place to sleep and use narcotics.

An autopsy will be conducted to determine a cause of death, Dilks said.

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.Indian River County Sheriff's Office deputies investigating after a 30-year-Old man’s body was found in a wooded area about 4 p.m. Thursday in the 3100 block of 45th Street, across the street from Smith’s Grocery Store. No obvious signs of injuries were found on the man’s body. An autopsy will be performed to determine a cause of death. #VeroNews

Posted by Nick Samuel on Thursday, April 18, 2019


The man’s name was expected to be released late Thursday.

Photos by Nick Samuel

This story will be updated. 

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