Florida Highway Patrol troopers and a tow truck driver got a surprise today as they were about to tow what they thought was an abandoned vehicle from the side of the road. They found a body inside the vehicle.
The yellow 2004 Toyota Matrix had Canadian license tags on it and construction crews working in the area told the troopers it had been there for a while. It was located down an embankment on the south end of the Bahia Honda Bridge, on the northbound side.
The troopers called for a tow truck from Anchor Towing. When the driver got there, he opened the car door and found the body of a man in the back hatch area.
A check on the vehicle revealed it was mentioned in a missing person’s bulletin received by law enforcement in January from Canada. According to the bulletin, 36 year old Dominic Soucy was last seen in Quebec, Canada in November of 2010. He was reported to be ill with Crohn’s disease, and reportedly decided to spend the winter in Florida because he wanted to see dolphins. A stuffed dolphin was found beside the body in the vehicle. Handwritten notes were also found in the car, believed to have been written by Soucy. The notes appear to be a sort of “last statement”, according to detectives.
There was no obvious signs of foul play found at the scene. For details about results of the autopsy, please contact the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office.