Florida officials are investigating after a dead body was found submerged in a canal near the Everglades National Park on Tuesday.
The body was found in a desolated area surrounded by farms and nurseries, and appeared to be tethered to a floating tire in the water, CBS reported. Detective Luis J. Sierra of the Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD) told WPLG that detectives originally thought the body was a young boy, but upon inspection, they determined it was a man. The victim and suspect are still unknown by police. (RELATED: New York Police Make Arrest In 31-Year-Old Murder Of Teen Strangled With Bra)
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MDPD reported homicides from January-April 2023 are up 38.10% from January-April 2022. Robbery, aggravated assaults, and larceny have also increased, while burglary, forcible sex offenses, and motor vehicle theft have decreased.
Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed his third anti-crime bill Monday.
“For three consecutive legislative sessions we have enacted tough-on-crime policies, and this year we are continuing to implement measures to protect our communities and keep Florida safe, with a particular emphasis on keeping criminals in jail and throwing the book at pedophiles,” DeSantis said in a news release.
MDPD did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller’s request for comment.