ALTURAS, Fla. (FOX 13) - Polk County detectives are investigating a murder after the body of a Lakeland man was found in an orange grove.
Around 7:45 a.m. Thursday, grove caretakers found the body near Mud Lake Road and 80 Foot Road in Alturas. The victim was identified as 21-year-old Joseph Wayne Witherington.
Investigators said, according to preliminary evidence, that Witherington was killed and his body was left in the grove by at least one suspect. Officials did not say how he was murdered.
Anyone with information is asked to call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-8477 or online at www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com.
“Someone knows what happened to Joseph and how he ended up in that orange grove, and one way or another we will identify and arrest whoever is responsible,” said Sheriff Grady Judd in a statement.