Last Updated: 5:54 p.m.
A 21-year-old man who had bicycled into Belle Terre Park the previous day was found dead Wednesday morning, of an apparent drug overdose. The park is adjacent to Wadsworth Elementary school, but school is not in session this week.
The Sheriff’s Office identified the man as Calvin Alexander Stull, a resident of Westgrill Drive in Palm Coast who had been struggling with substance abuse for several years.
Stull was sitting at a park bench, his face and hands on the table, looking like someone who was having a rest: that’s what a lawn maintenance crew thought Stull was doing when the crew arrived at Wadsworth Elementary at 7 a.m., and got to work on the school’s grounds. It was only several hours later when a 56-year-old man at the park became concerned after noticing that Stull’s chest was not moving. He reported the matter to authorities.
Flagler County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene, as did the Palm Coast Fire Department and Flagler County Fire Rescue. The Real Trime Crime Center determined, through footage from surveillance cameras in the park, that Stull had cycled into the park at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
A sheriff’s deputy found Stull with a backpack on the table next to him, a piece of tin foil under his face, a lighter and a bottle of Mountain Dew next to him. A phone was in his hand. He had some white pills in his backpack, kept in a small bottle with no label, and had kept his wallet there. The deputy found a receipt for what may have been the man’s last meal: at McDonald’s.
A Florida identification card enabled the deputy to identify Stull. The agency withheld his identity until next-of-kin notification was made late Thursday afternoon.
A paramedic pronounced Calvin Alexander Stull deceased at 10 a.m. The Medical Examiner removed the body and transported it to St. Augustine for an autopsy. The Sheriff’s Office “is waiting on toxicology results, but initial cause of death appears to be a drug overdose,” a sheriff’s spokesperson said in a brief statement on the ongoing investigation.
Stull would have been familiar to authorities, having had numerous run-ins with the law in Flagler County since turning 18. He had been featured in a 2021 body cam video when a friend of his, Clayton Callahan, acting angrily then belligerently, then violently, reported that his and Stull’s belongings had been stolen by someone who drove off in an SUV. Stull is seen standing by as Callahan loses control of himself and is eventually arrested.