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Body believed to be missing Georgia man found in Hernando wilderness

WEEKI WACHEE -- A body found in the Weeki Wachee Preserve in southwestern Hernando this afternoon is believed to be a missing Georgia man, officials said.

Randall Heglar was on vacation and his family expected him to return around March 22 or 23, said Lt. Jim Powers, spokesman for the Hernando County Sheriff's Office. "It's presumed to be him," Powers said.

A patrol deputy noticed a pickup truck parked at an access point to the preserve off Osowaw Boulevard last Wednesday, Powers said. He ran the tag but the truck did not come up stolen. The same deputy came back Saturday and the pickup was still there.

The truck was still not reported stolen or missing, but investigators contacted the Gilmer County Sheriff's Office in Georgia. Officials there contacted Heglar's family, who said he had not returned home.

Hernando deputies started searching the area over the weekend and found a man's body in the woods off the main asphalt path about 3 p.m. today, Powers said.

There were no initial signs of foul play, Powers said. Officials expect to confirm the man's identity by tomorrow, he said.

Body believed to be missing Georgia man found in Hernando wilderness 03/29/10 [Last modified: Monday, March 29, 2010 6:56pm]
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