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Body found at 7-Eleven construction site in Land O’ Lakes

The body was discovered around 6:30 a.m. At mid-day, investigators were combing through the construction site near the corner of U.S. 41 and Sunterra Drive.
Pasco sheriff's investigators were combing through a convenience tore construction site where a body was discovered Wednesday.
Pasco sheriff's investigators were combing through a convenience tore construction site where a body was discovered Wednesday. [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and BOYZELL HOSEY | Times ]
Published Jun. 2, 2021|Updated Jun. 2, 2021

The body of a newly-released inmate was discovered Wednesday where workers are building a new 7-Eleven convenience store in Land O’ Lakes, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said.

The body was discovered about 6:40 a.m. Investigators combed through the work zone near the corner of U.S. 41 and Sunterra Drive throughout the day.

Investigators released few details, but identified the man as David Alan Williams, 57, of Lakeland.

“At this time, there appears to be no suspicious circumstances surrounding this death,” sheriff’s office spokeswoman Amanda Hunter said in an email. “The subject was recently released from the Land O’ Lakes Detention Center and has a documented history of medical issues.”

The agency said Wednesday that an investigation into Williams’ death is ongoing and his cause of death will be determined by the Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner’s Office.

According to the Sheriff’s online jail bookings, Williams had been released from the Land O’ Lakes Detention Center on Tuesday. His body was found less than two miles from the jail, at an intersection near the entrance to the Tierra Del Sol community by AdventHealth’s Connerton hospital.

Court records show Williams had spent six months in jail after he was arrested Dec. 2 for missing a court hearing. Almost one year earlier to the day, Williams was arrested on a misdemeanor petty theft charge and a felony charge of tendering counterfeit bank notes or checks. He pleaded no contest to the charges, court records show, but his felony counterfeit charge had recently been reopened in court.

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