Update on Dead Body in Park: Photos & Video

WARNING: Some of the photos may be unpleasant or offensive to some readers.


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Photo copyright Warren Redlich © 2016.
All photos copyright Warren Redlich © 2016 unless otherwise noted; other media may use free by crediting West Boca News or @WestBocaNews.

The Yamato Road entrance to South County Regional Park was effectively closed Wednesday around noon for over an hour after a dead body was found. Sheriff’s deputies and investigators surrounded the area with crime scene tape.

Many people are asking – We do not know the name of the victim and we do not expect PBSO to tell us.

The body was found on the east side of the road in front of a black car. You can see detectives near the body on the right side of the photo below.
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The next photo shows the scene before the minivan arrived. The body was in front of the black sedan which we believe was his car.
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At the time we were first notified about the incident, we did not know what the cause of death was. We arrived on the scene and notified the public of the situation by posting this video on our Facebook page:

Later we learned that the investigators determined it was a suicide. We do not normally report on suicides, but when it blocks a road or otherwise creates a scene and disturbance in the general public, we feel it is our duty to follow up and inform our readers as to what happened.

Body was found where the red pin is marked on the map, just north of the ball field, south of Yamato Road, and not far from Sunrise Park Elementary. Image and map data by Google.
Body was found where the red pin is marked on the map, just north of the ball field, south of Yamato Road, and not far from Sunrise Park Elementary. Image and map data by Google.

We also had an unpleasant encounter with Detective Amanda Pfeifle who did not like us taking pictures. She abused her power, expanding the crime scene tape to interfere with journalism. It didn’t work.

For the commenters who claim I was interfering with the investigation, that’s nonsense. I was far away, staying out of the way, taking pictures. They did absolutely ZERO investigation inside the area of the expanded crime scene after they moved me. I was on the scene until they starting taking the tape down. Detective Pfeifle did this only to interfere with a journalist. They had no reason to stop doing their jobs to bother me. Police abuse of journalists is a longstanding problem in the US, documented extensively by Photography is Not a Crime.

After a subsequent and somewhat more polite request from Detective Brian Allison, we held off on publishing this article for 24 hours to allow next of kin to be notified.
Now at this point, we must remind you again:


WARNING
The photos below may be particularly disturbing or offensive to some. If you think that might be you, stop now. Do not read any further.


PBSO investigators and other staff working on the scene, with the body on the ground beyond them.
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The body was removed by staff in the minivan mentioned earlier.
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It gets worse. Again, do not scroll down if these might bother or offend you. We have blurred certain features.


The body was in front of what appears to be a fairly new black sedan, possibly an Infiniti Q50. Update – A reader tells us it is a first generation Hyundai Genesis (years 2009-2014).
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And these are closer shots showing the body.
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And the following photos were sent to us by Juliette Falcone, who was on the scene before we were.
Photo by Juliette Falcone
Photo by Juliette Falcone

Photo by Juliette Falcone
Photo by Juliette Falcone

Shooting at Shadowood – Scene Photos & Video

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All photos copyright Warren Redlich 2015 unless otherwise marked. Others may use but please attribute to @WestBocaNews.

This morning we were alerted to a shooting with one person dead in Shadowood Square, at the European Auto Service Center at 9787 Glades Road.

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SHOOTING
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PBCFR & PBSO onscene of a subject that was shot in the head at a business, unknown circumstances or suspect information, Advising confirmed “Signal-7” dead at scene, Crime Scene units enroute

It is on the east end of the plaza by the traffic light and close to Einstein Bagel.

9787 Glades Road; image and map data by Google.
9787 Glades Road; image and map data by Google.

As you can see in the video below (on the right side in the background), paramedics attempted to enter the premises but were turned away. The victim had already passed away.

It appears this was a suicide rather than a violent crime. Police secured only the area inside the building, even allowing a pedestrian to walk through the parking lot. An anonymous source also confirmed this was a suicide.
Police and others were talking to one young man, wearing a Batman t-shirt, who may have witnessed the shooting or found the body.
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A gentleman (in the grey shirt and red shorts) approached us and identified himself as the owner. He did not offer any comment.
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He then went to the witness and, along with first responders, offered comfort.
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First responders from PBSO and Palm Beach County Fire Rescue remained on scene for a substantial amount of time.
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Before we left the scene we shot one final video:

Body Found in Loggers' Run

Warning: The content of this story and some of the photos may be disturbing.

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We reported earlier today that Ponderosa Drive was closed around 11 am today with Sheriff’s Deputies and Fire Rescue on scene. You can see that in the photo above. It was blocked from Woodchuck on the north side roughly to Chipmunk. The good news is that the road is now open. We were there as deputies cleared it around 3:40 pm.
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The bad news is that it appears there was a suicide. This is the second body found in West Boca in the past couple months – a body was found in Sandalfoot in June.
The area deputies were focusing on was in the hedge between Ponderosa and the cul-de-sac of New Village Place. You can see it on the map below, and in the photo above – there are utility boxes and one of them is just to the right of the beige car.

Here’s a view of the boxes from New Village Place:
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Detectives were on the scene but due to policy in the Sheriff’s office, and probably for good reason, they wouldn’t tell us anything.
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We spoke with a neighbor who reports it was a suicide with a gunshot to the head. The gun was in the lap of the deceased.

Warning – The photo below may be particularly upsetting for some readers.

We weren’t able to get very close. From a distance it appeared to be a male, perhaps in his 20s, wearing dark shorts, sandals, and no shirt. However, in looking at our best photo, it does look like he was wearing a shirt with a color somewhat close to skin tone.
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