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Death investigated in Vero Beach after dog owner finds bloody body in wooded area

Name of victim hasn't been released
Vero Beach body found, Dec. 16, 2021
Posted at 2:32 PM, Dec 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-16 16:13:17-05

VERO BEACH, Fla. — A man walking his dog Thursday morning discovered a dead body in a wooded area of Vero Beach, according to police.

Officers said they received a call regarding the incident at about 8 a.m.

The dog owner said their pet smelled something in the woods near the 2500 block of Granada Ave.

Vero Beach homicide investigated, Dec. 16, 2021
Police investigate after a bloody body is found along Granada Avenue in Vero Beach on Dec. 16, 2021.

After walking into the wooded area, police said the dog owner discovered a dead man covered in blood.

Authorities said the victim has been identified, but a next of kin has not been notified.

Police said they are treating the suspicious death as a homicide.

The body has been taken to the medical examiner's office for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.