Foul play suspected after discovery of man’s body
A mother who came to visit her family for the holidays found out yesterday that her son may have been murdered.
Police found the lifeless body of a 40-year-old man at about 10:20 a.m. behind Burger Barn on Carmichael Road yesterday.
The man’s cousin, Sheila Douglas, who was on the scene, said officers suspect he might have been dead for more than 24 hours.
According to police reports, officers responded to a call and discovered the man wearing a blue shirt and short gray pants, laying on a makeshift bed, with injuries to his back.
While police would not say what may have caused the injuries, they said foul play is suspected in his death.
Douglas told reporters that cameras on the building where the man was found revealed that the last time he was seen alive was during the early hours of Thursday.
She claimed he was last spotted on the cameras around 3 a.m.
Douglas said the last time she saw her cousin was Tuesday morning.
The man’s relatives paced about the area outside of Burger Barn visibly distraught by the news of his death.
Douglas said her cousin was the grounds keeper at the building where he was found dead. She added that he was so trusted by his employers that he was given keys to the building.
“He was a very nice guy,”she said.
“He worked hard and he kept the property clean and they had him there and they gave him the keys to have access in and out.
“We would pass and check on him. They provided a place for him and he’s just off and on the property.
“And at night he is usually here watching the property and taking care of it.
“And I don’t know what happened because they were closed for a few days and they came back and that’s when they saw him in the back.”
She said her aunt is heartbroken over the death of her son.
“It’s a great loss to my aunt,”Douglas said.
“His mom, she normally lives in Fort Lauderdale, so I don’t know. She is going to be devastated by this right now.”
Police are continuing their investigations into this case and are asking for help from the general public to solve it.