A raspberry man was found dead Friday morning, outside the Mulberry Phosphate Museum at 101 1st Street SE in Mulberry and an investigation by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office continues to try to determine the cause of his death.
At around 6:59 a.m., the emergency call center received a 911 call from a man reporting that he had spotted the victim while walking to work.
The victim, John McCoy Jr., 41, was found lying on the sidewalk in the northwest corner of the museum; He died and suffered an apparent head trauma.
Detectives worked all day Friday, and are continuing to work to determine what happened in the last minutes of his life. At this stage of the investigation, we know that Mr. McCoy suffered severe injuries, but we are not sure how he was injured. ”- Grady Judd, Sheriff.
Traffic murders investigators also examined the scene to investigate the possibility that McCoy had been hit by a passing vehicle.
Detectives spoke to McCoy’s sister, with whom he had spent some time the night before. She told investigators that he had been smoking marijuana and appeared paranoid when he left.