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LCSO investigating death near I-10 rest stop, person of interest questioned

Published: Mar. 30, 2021 at 3:10 PM EDT|Updated: Mar. 31, 2021 at 9:34 AM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - The Florida Highway Patrol was on the scene of a death investigation Tuesday afternoon at a rest stop on I-10 near mile marker 194.

Not only was there a large police presence at the rest stop, but there were also more officers gathered less than two miles away, on Capital Circle NW near Commonwealth Boulevard.

Law enforcement isn’t calling it a murder just yet; however, they say a body was found and a person of interest was questioned.

The investigation began to unfold around 2 p.m. Tuesday, in the woods behind an eastbound rest stop, near the Gadsden-Leon county line.

“Anyone that’s inside the area we respond we do try to get statements from these folks, and we try to get them out of the area and scene as quick as possible as soon as the investigation has concluded,” LCSO Public Information Officer Shade McMillian says.

Truck drivers who stopped to use the restroom ended up stuck at the rest stop for nearly five hours, as the investigation unfolded. One driver told WCTV they saw rest stop workers make the discovery and flag down a nearby trooper.

The worker found a crashed car abandoned, and a body nearby. Meanwhile, the scene at the intersection of Capital Circle NW and Commonwealth Boulevard caught the attention of WCTV viewers.

“There is no immediate threat to the public and we believe there is a person of interest and we’re speaking to them now,” McMillian says.

LCSO did not give details on a potential suspect, the victim or the manner of death. The rest stop opened back up around 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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