Ezequiel-Santiago-Lopez identified a person found dead in Hobe Sound woods

MARTIN COUNTY — The Martin County Sheriff’s Office has identified the man whose body was found in a wooded area of Hobe Sound on Friday as 40-year old Ezequiel-Santiago-Lopez.

Investigators said two people were going fishing when they discovered the body near Bridge Road and Suzanne Drive.

"It appears to us that he was killed somewhere else and dumped here,” Martin County Sheriff William Snyder said earlier this week.

A major reason why detectives believe it’s a homicide is because the man’s body was discovered in the woods where there’s no homeless camp where he could’ve been living, according to the sheriff.


NewsChannel 5's Brian Entin and Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers contributed to this report.