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Man found slain off River Road in Dade City

DADE CITY — Friday morning, a person driving down River Road saw a body on the ground, near a fence, about 20 feet from the street.

It was a little after 9 o'clock on the outskirts of Dade City — close to the Withlacoochee River Park and between Duck Lake Canal and Auton Road. It's quiet out here; gorgeous and lush in the day and very dark at night.

Little is known of the man found dead. His name was released by investigators Friday afternoon: Harry Leon Taylor, 33, whose last known address was in Dade City.

His most recent arrest was in June, for possession of cocaine and marijuana, a traffic violation and driving without a valid license. Previous arrests, mostly for drugs, span more than a decade.

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office blocked a large portion of River Road so the crime scene couldn't be viewed. The Sheriff's Office is saying Taylor was murdered, but has not released how or a possible time of death.

The buzz at first was that the body could be Luc Pierre-Charles, a suspect in the 2006 execution of two Wesley Chapel teenagers — Derek Pieper, 17, and Raymond Veluz, 18 — who were found with gunshots to the head on a lonely dirt road in Trilby.

Pierre-Charles, 20, is on the U.S. Marshals 15 Most Wanted List and he is profiled on the Web site of America's Most Wanted — with a possible upcoming episode on the murders. Another man, Tyree Jenkins, 22, also is charged in those deaths. He was arrested in July and is in jail. Pierre-Charles is on the lam, and is considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information about the death of Taylor is urged to call Pasco County sheriff's Detective Jennifer Christensen toll-free at 1-800-854-2862, ext. 5019. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call the tips line toll-free at 1-800-706-2488 or visit the confidential Web tip link at pasco

If you know the whereabouts of Pierre-Charles, do not approach him; call 911.

Erin Sullivan can be reached at [email protected] or (813) 909-4609.

Man found slain off River Road in Dade City 09/19/08 [Last modified: Saturday, September 20, 2008 11:04pm]
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