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St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office still investigating 3 deaths;

Posted at 10:59 PM, Mar 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-05 16:20:04-05

St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara said investigators are still trying to piece together how three deaths on Wednesday are connected.

He confirmed that one of the deaths is being investigated as a homicide. He also said they are working on 11 different search warrants hoping they might lead to more answers.

It was a scene that neighbors say they won't forget. 

"We saw the white car and I said to Ronnie, my husband, 'This looks like Gary's car in the ditch,'" one neighbor said. "What in the world happened."

At this time, detectives are working to figure that out. The sheriff said the day of chaos started around 9:50 a.m. Wednesday morning, when they found a car in a ditch. That person was taken to the hospital where he later died. 

But a few minutes after the crash, a homeowner down the street called 911 to report a dead body.

"It was a foul smell, it was kind of strange," Edgar Rivera said. "I opened the garage to the house and that's when I saw that."

He said he found a decomposed body. He says he was checking on the home because the tenant who had previously lived there had just moved out. 

Neighbors say she moved in with her boyfriend at a home on Oleander Pines and that's where detectives found a third person dead.

Ashley Boice said her father was the man found in that home. She didn't want to talk about the investigation, but she did say it came as a shock. "He was very friendly with everyone," she said. "He emphasized no drama in his life. He wanted to stay away from the drama."

The sheriff said they aren't releasing the names of all three victims because they are having a hard time finding a next of kin for two of them.