[UPDATE] Suwannee County Murder

By: Candace Sweat Email
By: Candace Sweat Email

UPDATE By Candace Sweat 11/16 at 6pm

A Live Oak man is shot and lays dead on his porch for three days before anyone discovers his body. Now, in an exclusive interview with WCTV, the cousin who made that discovery is speaking out about the horrifying details.

Oscar White says he's seen a lot during his lifetime, but nothing could've prepared him for what he saw when he walked into the porch of his cousin's house last Wednesday.

"I could see him laying there. I knew. I knew he was dead. You could just tell. Wasn't no other way," said White.

White's cousin, 64-year-old Manuel Raulerson, lay dead, shot to death. A medical examiner says he had been there for at least three days.

That explains why White says he hadn't heard from him since the previous Friday. "Squeaky" , as family members called him, worked for White on his farm taking care of calves.

It wasn't unusual, says White, for Raulerson to take off work a little early on some days. Only this time he never came back.

"His son called me and he said 'have you talked to daddy?'", said White. "And I said no not in the last three or four days. I'm gonna go see about him"

Authorities say when they arrived on the scene, they initially thought Raulerson had died of natural cases.

"It just looked like he had a heart attack and fell over."

But an autopsy later revealed he was shot in the chest. Now investigators at the Suwannee County Sheriff's Office have officially ruled his death a homicide.

And even more disturbing, says White, is what he sees as and effort to cry for help. One that never made it.

White said, "He had his phone, his cell phone in his hand. The deputy got it out of his hand and he says 'Its got 911 on it''"

A spokesperson from the Suwannee County Sheriff's Office says they're not releasing information about suspects at this time, but they are following leads.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Suwannee County Sheriff''s Office at (386) 362-2222.
UPDATED By Candace Sweat 11/15 at 6pm

64-year-old Manuel Raulerson , also known to friends as "Squeaky", was discovered shot to death on his porch at 19130 76th Street Wednesday morning.

Sheriff Tony Cameron with the Suwannee County Sheriff's Office says Raulerson's son had not heard from him in several days and sent someone to check on him that's when they say he was found dead.

Authorities say they initially thought Raulerson died of natural causes, but an autopsy found otherwise.

"The body was in a state of decomposition, and it was not initially found by rescue or the sheriff's office that he had been shot," said Cameron.

Cameron says they're not releasing information about suspects at this time, but says they are following leads. He also says Raulerson's wallet is missing.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Suwannee County Sheriff''s Office at (386) 362-2222.
Live Oak, Florida --

Authorities in Live Oak, Florida say they have a murder mystery on their hands as man's body was found on the porch of a house and the victim had been dead for days.

The Suwannee County Sheriff's Office says it found 64-year-old Manuel Raulerson dead on his porch and he'd been shot to death.

A relative found him there last Wednesday after not being able to contact him for a few days.

The medical examiner says that Raulerson had been dead for at least three days. Authorities say Raulerson had been shot to death. Sheriff Tony Cameron says they have been following leads but have no one in custody. We have just arrived here in Live Oak and we'll have more information tonight on Eyewitness News.

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  • by Citizen Location: Suwannee County on Dec 5, 2010 at 05:27 PM
    I would like to Thank the Sheriff’s Office for their hard work and dedication in solving this horrific incident. From what I have read and can see this Agencies Patrol Unit worked together to put the three individuals in Jail who were responsible for this act. These men and women are shunned by most and talked about like they are either stupid or lazy. People do not realize the trials and tribulations they go through on a daily basis and should not judge them. We do not know what they see, what they hold inside and what they have to live with. They are required to make life changing, split second decisions for you, me and themselves that would take an attorney, judge or a citizen hours, weeks or maybe even months to make. Please next time you see one of your local Law Enforcement Officers, Thank them for their service, just as you would a Veteran.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 17, 2010 at 12:03 AM
    The Suwannee County Sheriff's Office would rather bust hippies at the Spirit Of Suwannee than solve the crimes that are occuring locally by local residents. If they want to bust people for drugs they don't need to look far- half of that county is addicted to pain pills.
  • by Randy Location: Valdosta on Nov 16, 2010 at 04:59 PM
    My prayers to the family. Suwannee County Crime is out of control. Tony Cameron is a joke of a Sheriff. That place is a lot different than when I grew up there!
  • by Dana Raulerson. Brown Location: Jennings .Fla on Nov 15, 2010 at 03:28 PM
    Sorry to here of your lose. My deepest sympathy to your family. IM a Raulerson by birth were from wellborn.Fla and Tampa. Fla.My prayers are with you!!!
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