Officials identify body found as missing Tallahassee man

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By: Lanetra Bennett
April 27, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Leon County Sheriff's Office has identified the body found in a Tallahassee backyard.

Deputies have connected him to a man missing for months.

The body was found last Wednesday on Westview Lane.

Investigators say it was 26-year-old Jamelle Murray. Family members reported Murray missing to the sheriff's office on March 28th.

How he died is still unknown. Deputies say they are still working to determine if foul play was involved. The investigation is ongoing.

By: WCTV Eyewitness News
April 27, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Leon County Sheriff's Office has identified the body found on April 19 in a wooded area off of Westview Lane.

The remains have been confirmed as being that of 26-year-old Jamelle L. Murray, who was reported missing on March 28.

LCSO is continuing to investigate to determine the cause of death. Lt. Grady Jordan says they cannot determine at this point whether the death is suspicious, or if foul play was involved.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asking to contact the LCSO Violent Crime Unit at (850) 606-3400

By: Lanetra Bennett
April 20, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The investigation continues after a body is found Wednesday in Tallahassee. The body was found around 4 p.m. in an wooded area behind 5604 Westview Lane, off Aenon Church Road.

The spokesperson for the Leon County Sheriff's Office, LT Grady Jordan, said, "Due to nature of the deceased, it's going to take some time before we are able to get a positive identification."

LCSO says a tip led them to finding the body

Michelle Gray, who lives next door, is troubled by the thought of her sons possibly being the ones to run across the body. "My kids play ball in the backyard a lot. So, I just kept thinking what if they would've threw the ball back that way. I'm the type of parent that would've been the one to say, you threw it, go get it. So, that's kind of scary." She said.

Gray added, "I'm just still so jittery about it."

Wednesday afternoon, authorities had much of the area blocked off.
Investigators were near where the body was found, as well detectives with metal detectors.

"There were trucks. There were guys in hazmat suits. There were several police cars. There were detectives and sheriffs. It had to be something bad with that many men there and the tape. Had to be something serious." Said, Gail Schrader, a nearby resident.

Schrader says detectives interviewed everyone in the neighborhood.
She says they asked her one question: "Had we heard any shots two to four weeks ago."

Gray said, "My heart went out. There was a lady that come up in my yard and asked if it was okay for her to stand out here. She was crying and she said it might have been or son or her nephew. But, I just told her I hope it's not. I just felt so bad."

Detectives were back on the scene Thursday checking out the back woods again. A forensics investigator arrived to process the front yard.

LT Jordan said, "We are unable to determine if it’s suspicious or there was foul play due to condition of the body."

By: WCTV Eyewitness News
April 19, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Leon County Sheriff's Office is investigating after a body was found in the 5600 block of Westview Lane in Tallahassee.

Westview Lane is located off of Aenon Church Road on Tallahassee's west side.

LCSO says at approximately 4 p.m. Wednesday, deputies were following up on tips when they discovered a body in a wooded area.

When asked how investigators went into the area LCSO Lt. Grady Jordan said, "Facts and through witness testimony gave us that indication that they might want to go back there."

Lt. Jordan says, due to the nature of the deceased, it is going to take some time for officials to identify the body.

Helen Pugh, a resident in the neighborhood, said, "I was like, what's going on? Because I saw everything roped off and this is a shock. I can't believe this is happening in my neighborhood... it's scary, very scary."

Lt. Jordan says It is not yet known if foul play is involved, due to the condition of the body.

We will bring you more information as it becomes available.

Photo: Leon County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Leon County Sheriff's Office

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