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'Brutally murdered' 21-year-old found in Lake Wales orange grove, authorities ask for tips

Posted at 1:17 PM, Nov 12, 2020

LAKE WALES, Fla. — The Polk County Sheriff's Office is investigating the murder of a 21-year-old from Winter Haven who was found dead in a Lake Wales orange grove nearly a week after his family reported him missing.

UPDATE: 2 brothers wanted in connection to body found in Lake Wales orange grove arrested

According to a press release, Danne Frazier was found in the grove off Helicopter Road on Tuesday. Sheriff Grady Judd says Frazier was "brutally murdered" and his family deserves justice.

Frazier's family reported him missing on Wednesday, November 4 to Lakeland Police. The sheriff's office says he left his job at the Publix warehouse in Lakeland at 2 a.m. that morning and was last seen getting gas at the Wawa on Edgewood Drive about 20 minutes later.

Frazier lived in Winter Haven but never made it home.

"As we recreate the final days of this young man's life, we know that there are those out there who know what happened to him," Sheriff Grady Judd said. "You can remain completely anonymous - and get cash - for your information. All you have to do is contact Heartland Crime Stoppers. He was brutally murdered, and then dumped in an orange grove, and his family deserves justice."

The sheriff's office is asking anyone with information to contact them at 863-298-6200. Anonymous tips can be submitted through the Heartland Crime Stoppers - call 1-800-226 TIPS (8477), dial **TIPS from your cell phone, visit the website and click on "Submit A Tip," or download the free "P3tips" app on your smartphone or tablet.