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Body of Man Found in Camper Near Sopchoppy Identified

By: WCSO Release
By: WCSO Release

DECEASED MAN IDENTIFIED IN SOPCHOPPY

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.

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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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