SUMTER COUNTY, Fla. – A Sumter County teenager who was reported missing Friday was found dead later that day in a homicide, the sheriff’s office said in a Facebook post.
According to deputies, 15-year-old Jontae Haywood was first reported missing around 1:20 a.m. Friday in Bushnell and was last seen around 11:30 a.m. the day before.
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During the missing person’s investigation, deputies said they learned Haywood may have suffered a gunshot wound and gathered at the scene where he was last seen. A short time later, Haywood’s body was found, according to the sheriff’s office.
Deputies said his death is being investigated as a homicide and this is an isolated incident that does not concern the public.
Haywood is a former student at Sumter PREP Academy in Wildwood, deputies added.
This investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office at 352-793-2621 or leave an anonymous tip with Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477).
No other information is available at this time. Check back here for updates.
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