Lakeland PD: Murder victim found in ditch

Sanitation workers discovered a 22-year-old man's body Monday morning in a ditch, according to Lakeland Police Department.
 
Police identified the man as Demetrice Tavontate Stacy, 22, of 1437 N. Webster Ave. in Lakeland. He died from multiple gunshot wounds.
 
His body was found on Prospect Street near where it becomes Hodges Road, said Sgt. Gary Gross, police spokesman.
 
"(The workers) saw what they thought was a body," Gross said. "They stopped, got out, and sure enough, it was an adult male, lying in the ditch.”
 
Detectives are calling for community help. Murders in February and March were solved within 2 to 3 days with tips from the public. Police are hoping for the same in this case.
 
Without much blood in the area, or other signs of a struggle in the wooded area that leads toward Lake Bonnet, crime scene technicians made quick work of their investigation and waited on an autopsy of the victim to be performed in Bartow.
 
But for those who live in this quiet, out-of-the-way area of cul de sacs and neighborhood streets, their reaction wasn’t worry.
 
Yes, violence had come to their neighborhood. But they don't think it started here.  
 
“I think it’s just someone having a beef, and they had to get rid of the body somewhere," said Seth Norman, who lives in an apartment nearby.  "And what's more of a perfect place than backwoods somewhere. It's a nice, quiet rural area."
 
If you have information about the case, call Lakeland Police Department at 863-834-8950.
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