Police Identify Body Found near Lake Ella Plaza

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Update: WCTV Eyewitness News
November 6, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Tallahassee police have identified the man found dead in the woods near Lake Ella Plaza last Friday.

TPD spokesman David Northway told WCTV that the man has been identified as 58-year-old Gary Leo Smith and that it appears to be a natural death.

Smith's body was found last Friday morning by a passerby who said he was cutting through a wooded area near Lake Ella Plaza on his way to get coffee.

By Julie Montanaro
October 31, 2014

A passerby discovers a body in the woods near the Lake Ella Publix.

The man tells us he was cutting through the woods this morning on his way to get some coffee and got the scare of his life.

He says he found a man dead in a homeless camp there.

"He was looking funny that cat ... and it's cold and he ain't got no shirt on. I stepped a little closer and I said well ... he was gone. I'm still crying. You don't walk up on dead bodies like that. That's somebody's family," Brandy Lee Sutton said.

Tallahassee Police say there are no signs of foul play, but they are conducting an autopsy to be sure. They have not yet released the man's name.

By: WCTV Eyewitness News

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Police are investigating the scene where a dead body was discovered by a passerby near Lake Ella Plaza shopping center Friday morning.

A man who was cutting through the woods near the shopping center on his way to get coffee said he noticed a man lying down with no shirt on. He said he went to get a closer look at the man and then he called 911.

Employees who work in the area told WCTV that there is a homeless camp in the woods behind the shopping center on N. Monroe St.

The shopping center is across the street from Lake Ella and includes Publix and a variety of other businesses.

Tallahassee police say that there are no signs of foul play.

WCTV will update this story as more information becomes available.

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