News Release: Jackson County Sheriff's Office
On January 6, 2014, a 911 call was received by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office reporting that an individual was lying unresponsive in a plowed field south of Graceville, Florida near Piano Road. EMS and law enforcement responded and located a white male who appeared to have been recently deceased. By the males clothing and physical appearance deputies believe he was in the outside environment for several hours. The physical description of the deceased matched the description from a suspicious persons call at a residence in the area. This call was received during the early morning hours of January 6, 2014. This caller reported that this person’s clothing seemed weathered and he appeared to be in a disoriented state of mind. Prior to the arrival of law enforcement, the male left walking in an easterly direction. Several deputies searched the area for this individual but were not able to locate him. The deceased has been identified however his name is being withheld pending notification of the next of kin. The initial investigation of this death does not appear to be criminal in nature. The Medical Examiner’s Office for the 14th Circuit along with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement are assisting in this investigation.
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office previously issued a Press Release concerning a vehicle pursuit in the same vicinity which occurred around 5:00pm on January 5, 2014. During this incident a male passenger fled on foot from an area in close proximity to the location that the deceased was found. At the time of this Press Release, however, there is no evidence to support the correlation that the two incidents are related.