Missing Gadsden Man Found Murdered

Investigators say they've questioned a few people but have no reported suspects.

Jeremiah Sanders’ family began to worry when they hadn't heard from the 39-year-old since Sunday night, so they called officers to check things out as his Douglas City home.

James Dennard of the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office says, "Some other law enforcement officers were here today and someone smelled something out of the ordinary and they asked her to open the trunk up and that's where the body was."

Investigators don't know why Jeramiah Sanders, or Jerry as he is called by friends and family, was left in his sister's car. His sister in law Melissa Dowell was there for the gruesome discovery.

Melissa says, "Don't nobody know the magnitude to find somebody you care about in the back of a trunk, you don't know."

Investigators say Sanders’ hands and feet were bound with a phone cord and that he was still in his church clothes, but stopped short of telling us how he died, leaving Sanders’ neighbors asking why anyone would do something so violent to their neighbor.

Demestra Moore says, "I didn't want to believe it was him, but it was him and it's scary."

Patrice Moore adds, "He was a good neighbor and he never messed with nobody and he was a quiet person."

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is assisting the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office in the investigation. Their job now is to bring justice to Jerry Sanders’ life and family.

Investigators are asking that anyone with information to call them at 850-627-9233.


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