A body was found Sunday evening in a vacant field near Pine Street and Homerville Lane, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
Stevie Means, 60, of Seffner, was found by a child walking home who told adults "somebody was sleeping by a tree," authorities said.
Though there initially appeared to be no visible signs of trauma, the Medical Examiner's Office later determined that Means was a homicide victim and suffered upper body trauma. He had probably been there for a couple days before he was found, sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter said.
Anyone with any information regarding the death investigation is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at (813) 247-8200. Or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS or report online at www.crimestopperstb.com.
Caitlin Johnston can be reached at [email protected] or (813) 225-3111.