Body of Man Found in Camper Near Sopchoppy Identified

By: WCSO Release
By: WCSO Release


Wakulla County, Florida - April 9, 2012 -

The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office has identified the man whose body was discovered in Sopchoppy on Saturday, April 7. The badly decomposed body of Michael Arthur Ballard, 68, was discovered inside a camper trailer after the property owner observed wildlife near the trailer.

An autopsy was conducted over the weekend that determined that Ballard died of natural causes. Ballard’s relatives have been notified in South Florida.


Wakulla County, Florida - April 9, 2012 -

The body of a deceased adult male was discovered in a rural area off Sopchoppy Highway Saturday, April 7, according to Wakulla County Sheriff Donnie Crum.

A resident on Bugger Bottom Road reported that the man was deceased inside a camper trailer near the reporting person’s home.

Sheriff’s Office detectives discovered the body of the 68-year-old man inside the camper. The reporting person became concerned about the welfare of the man when he observed wildlife near the camper. The victim was living on part of the reporting person’s land at the time of his death.

Detectives observed a badly decomposed body lying on the floor of the camper. Investigators are working on getting final confirmation on the identity of the man and his identity will be released pending notification of family. The death was not suspicious in nature.

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  • by Icantbelieveit Location: Here and now on Apr 9, 2012 at 06:14 PM
    Is there really a street named "Bugger Bottom"?
    • reply
      by Trolol on Apr 10, 2012 at 06:43 AM in reply to Icantbelieveit
      You need to get out more.
  • by freddie Location: tallahasse on Apr 9, 2012 at 03:32 PM
    the zombie apocolypse is coming....the dead are returning to life ....they move very slowly...but want to eat your brain
  • by Barbara on Apr 9, 2012 at 01:51 PM
    This story doesn't surprise me. Many older people live alone and don't have family or friends that check on everyday.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 9, 2012 at 02:45 PM in reply to Barbara
      Real sad.
  • by Rb on Apr 9, 2012 at 12:00 PM
    Its sad when someone dies and the only way people know you are dead is because wildlife are coming around. This is why Romney said you are better to marry someone you dont love than die alone.
  • by dopeman Location: mexico on Apr 9, 2012 at 11:53 AM
    yo kevin, that stuff was only middies. The cryppie weed is $768,000 for 100 lbs. I bet the history channel is a little out of date being as they focus on, well, HISTORY.Yo kev you need to get up with the times bro
  • by Bruce Location: Cairo on Apr 9, 2012 at 10:56 AM
    Did you ever hear of the police discovering a goodly decomposed body?
  • by kevin on Apr 9, 2012 at 10:24 AM
    Why is it that a dead body is news worthy when there was no suspicious activity suspected? Is it a slow news day in Tallahassee or what? And since when was 100 lbs of pot worth 500,000? I learned on the history channel that the mexican cartels only charge about 200 a pound if you buy in quantity.
  • by Sopchoppy on Apr 9, 2012 at 10:13 AM
    Read the story!!! The man was LIVING on the property. When the owners has not seen the man for a few days. They went and check on him.. Geezzzz read before you ASSUME.
  • by hmmm on Apr 9, 2012 at 09:19 AM
    They never are suspicous in that neck of the woods. Remember that guy who committed suicide near Lanark Village with a machete. Yeah right.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 9, 2012 at 09:14 AM
    Why are there are these dead bodies turning up?
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Apr 9, 2012 at 09:51 AM in reply to
      People die, and their bodies are left somewhere. They don't just bury themselves.
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