A man was found dead in a wooded area of Big Pine Key Wednesday evening. Detectives from the Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit are currently assigned to investigate the case.
Deputies responded to the scene near Quail Roost Trail just before 5 p.m. after a man called Sheriff’s dispatchers and reported finding someone dead in that location. Detectives from the Major Crimes Unit responded as well. Initial investigations indicate the death is not a natural one and may involve suspicious circumstances.
The man’s body was turned over to the Medical Examiner’s Office and an autopsy will be done as part of the ongoing investigation into the cause of the man’s death. Investigators say the victim is a 59 year old local homeless man. They are working to locate his next of kin.