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Decomposed Man’s Body Discovered in Empty Lot on Boulder Rock; Suicide Suspected

| May 1, 2015

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A shred of police tape was the only remaining evidence of the investigation Thursday evening in the empty lot in the background, on Boulder Rock Drive, where a dead body was discovered. (© FlaglerLive)

A man was found dead and with some degree of decomposition Thursday evening in a vacant lot at the north extremity of the Boulder Rock Drive loop. Authorities believe the cause of death to have been suicide, but were not certain. The body is in the possession of the medical examiner.


The body of the 25-year-old man was found after a resident in a nearby house called 911 to report a foul odor and buzzards circling about the neighboring lot. An incident report indicated that the 59-year-old neighbor himself had actually located the body.

Shortly after 7 p.m., several units of the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office were in the area, including the Crime Scene Investigation unit and a detective. The empty lots where the body was found are on the heavily wooded west side of Boulder Rock Drive, between lots 161 and 171. A canal runs parallel to the lots a bit further west, between Boulder Rock and Beachway Drive. The lots were roped off Thursday evening as sheriff’s deputies worked the scene.

“It doesn’t appear to be a homicide. It appears to be a suicide at this point,” Sheriff Jim Manfre said later Thursday evening.”That could change.” He said the body showed “some decomposition.” Although no positive identification had been made at the time, he said there was a likelihood that the body was that of a person reported missing recently. The person was from the area.

The scene today had been cleared, though there remained in the air an occasional stench of decomposition. A fuller incident report from the sheriff’s office was heavily redacted, as the case remains an active investigation. The identity of the man is known. But the incident report points out that a next-of-kin notification, attempted Thursday evening, had failed.

The dead body was found on the wetern side of Boulder Rock Drive, in the empty lots shown to the right. The lots were roped off Thursday evening. (© FlaglerLive)

The dead body was found on the wetern side of Boulder Rock Drive, in the empty lots shown to the right. The lots were roped off Thursday evening. (© FlaglerLive)

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6 Responses for “Decomposed Man’s Body Discovered in Empty Lot on Boulder Rock; Suicide Suspected”

  1. getwithit says:

    Oh dear GOD, only 25. Sounds so sad i just want to cry. Hope they find out what happened and are able to notify the Family. My prayers go out.

  2. Footballen says:

    Prayers to his parents who are no doubt still alive and hurting.

  3. A.S.F. says:

    Rest in peace.

    • Doyle says:

      I JUST HOPE PALM COAST STARTS TO UNDERSTAND THAT A LOT OF HOMELESS ARE HERE AND PEOPLE / FRIENDS TAKE THEM IN!!!!! THAT DOES NOT MAKE THEM NOT HOMELESS!!! HOMELESS PEOPLE NEED PAPER TO GET HELP!!! WITHOUT THE FLAGLER COUNTY CONTROLLERS AND THE LEADERS HELP TO SAY THIS IS A HOMELESS PERSON, THEY CAN NOT GET HELP.

      THANK YOU DL.

      • DeweyJ says:

        He was not homeless, he lived on the block, so make sure we know what we are talking about before speaking.

  4. Lea says:

    I don’t think he was homeless. I believe his family lived in the neighborhood.

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