Body found in Lake Placid is likely missing 21-year-old

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Deputies in Highlands County say they believe they’ve found the body of a missing 21-year-old man.

According to the sheriff’s office, Maximilian Martinez was last seen around 1:40 a.m. Saturday on Blue Moon Ave. in Lake Placid. They issued a missing person alert on Sunday.

Thursday morning, deputies confirmed that a body was found Wednesday in Lake Placid, and they believe it is Martinez though they are still working to confirm the identity.

They did not immediately specify a cause or manner of death.

Deputies ask anyone with information to call 863-402-7250 or email They say anonymous tips can be left via the HCSO app or with Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS or