Saturday, April 21, 2018
Public safety

Deputies still trying to identify man, body found at grow house near Plant City

PLANT CITY — Deputies were still trying Sunday to identify a wounded man and a dead body found at a marijuana grow house a day earlier.

The injured man, who lives at the house at 3220 Bruton Road north of Plant City, was discovered Saturday evening by a neighbor at the end of the home's half-mile driveway with a gunshot wound to the leg, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

When deputies arrived at 5:38 p.m., the man was not forthcoming about how he had been injured, the Sheriff's Office said. But he did tell deputies a friend was dead at the house.

Paramedics took the wounded man to a local hospital. On Sunday, he still remained uncooperative, the Sheriff's Office said.

The body was found on the back porch of the house. Deputies have not released information on how he died, but said it appeared to be a homicide.

During the search, deputies said they found a large marijuana grow operation.

Tampa Electric Co. was called in to help take down an "elaborate" electrical system in the grow house, a sheriff's spokeswoman said.

The one-story, four-bedroom, three-bathroom house was built in 2005, property records show. The records show it was sold for $490,000 in 2006, and is now assessed at $236,705. There is no homestead exemption on the property.

The Sheriff's Office said Sunday the agency was still trying to positively identify both men.

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