Man found dead at BP station is identified
Deputies identified a man Tuesday who was found dead behind a BP gas station the night before. Huayvez Gomez-Mejia, 25, didn't have any signs of trauma when his body was discovered, according to the Hillsborough Sheriff's Office. However, deputies have classified his death as suspicious pending an autopsy. A BP gas station clerk called deputies about 11 p.m. Monday about a man on the ground behind the station at 2230 E Fletcher Ave. Gomez-Mejia was dead when deputies arrived.
Two victims fatally beaten, police say
Two victims found inside a Plant City home Saturday were beaten to death, police said Tuesday. Plant City police discovered the bodies of Faye Kitchen, 59, and Shannon Thomas, 33, at 506 E Ohio St. during a welfare check Saturday evening. Police had to identify the victims by their fingerprints and waited for a medical examiner's report to release the cause of death, said police spokesman Tray Towles. Police have not named any suspects in the deaths. A person of interest in the case, 47-year-old Ruben Brooks Jr., was shot Monday evening in what police called a retaliatory attack. Brooks remained Tuesday at Lakeland Regional Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, Towles said. Police were still looking for his assailant.
Body of boater pulled from lake
The body of a boater who apparently fell overboard on Lake Wimauma was found Tuesday afternoon, authorities said. He was identified as Gerald I. Simmons, 75, of Wimauma, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Authorities had been searching the lake after a neighbor spotted an overturned jonboat about 10:45 a.m., according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. Simmons wasn't wearing a life vest when the boat capsized, wildlife officials said. It was still unclear why the boat flipped. An investigation by the wildlife commission was under way.
Fiery I-4 crash kills at least one
At least one person was killed when a vehicle crashed and caught fire Tuesday on Interstate 4 east of McIntosh Road, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The accident apparently happened when a semitrailer truck pulling back into the eastbound lanes after changing a tire was hit from behind by a minivan carrying paint supplies. State troopers were called to the scene around 9:45 a.m. and found the minivan on fire. The dead victim had been in the minivan. All eastbound lanes were closed and traffic was diverted onto McIntosh for several hours. An investigation is under way.
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Boaters find man's body by Skyway
A missing 35-year-old man with schizophrenia was found dead in the water near the Sunshine Skyway bridge. Boaters found the body of Bang Quoc Luong, 35, between Anna Maria Island and the bridge Saturday. He had been missing since Nov. 7. Manatee County deputies said there was no sign of foul play.