Woman found dead in Leon County’s Apalachicola National Forest, Investigation underway
Second body found in recent weeks
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - A woman was found dead in the Leon County portion of the Apalachicola National Forest around 11 a.m. Friday, said the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. An investigation is now underway.
An LCSO spokesperson was not available by phone, but a release from the agency stated that an off-duty deputy discovered a “possibly deceased” person at Lost Lake Recreational site, which is located off Springhill Road roughly six miles from Tallahassee International Airport. The LCSO’s Violent Crimes and Crime Scene Units assumed the investigation.
Deputies called the death “suspicious” and said they are working to notify the next of kin for the adult female, who was not identified.
It was not clear how long the body had been there. The release stated the body was found near a parking lot. A WCTV reporter at the scene saw the entrance to a nearby recreational trail marked with crime scene tape late Friday afternoon. District Ranger John Dunlap said the trail is for ATVs, 4x4s, and off-road vehicles and that it is an access point that connects to a large network of trails.
The Springhill Recreational site host said he was instructed to close the area to the public Friday night. Dunlap said it was expected to be reopened Saturday morning.
This is the second body found in the Apalachicola National Forest in recent weeks. When reached for comment, Public Affairs Specialist for the Forest Service, Jason Lawor, deferred all questions to LCSO which “has jurisdiction over this unfortunate event.”
Authorities said the cause of death is not known at this time.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the department at 850-606-3300 or Big Bend Crime Stoppers at 850-574-TIPS (8477).
WCTV has a reporter heading to the scene. This is a developing story and will be updated.
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