The burned remains of a person found behind a vehicle rental facility on Thursday have been identified by authorities as Eddie James Owens, 31.
Via NBC 2 reports:
No arrests have been made in what authorities are calling a homicide. Police say this is an active investigation and they are working aggressively with all leads and tips in order to solve the crime.
According to authorities, Owens’ body was found on Thursday at 7:56 am.
A witness said she heard screaming and yelling early in the morning. Teneeshia Peterson, lives nearby and said “right now my heart is pounding – I never experienced nothing like this so close to home.”
Police say this is an isolated innocent. We are told Budget rental workers found the body behind the building at about 8 am Thursday. Hank Morroni saw the body when he was returning a rental truck.
“One quick glance–there was obviously a charred body. You couldn’t recognize if it was a man or a woman, and it was still smoldering,” Morroni said.
A charred black wall is where witnesses say the victim was found. A witness said all that was left on the burned victim was a little bit of shoes.
Jerry Hinkle was one of the first people to find the body. Hinkle said the victim had been shot.
“You get a little sick feeling- yea it ain’t good,” said Hinkle.
Several warehouses surrounding the scene where the victim was found have surveillance cameras, and investigators hope they will reveal clues. Owens has been arrested multiple times in Lee County, including twice on prostitution charges.
Fort Myers Police Department is asking anyone with information that will aid their investigation to call them at 239-321-7700. Anyone with information is asked to call the Fort Myers Police Department at 239-321-7700 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS or text message C-R-I-M-E-S (274637) Keyword FMPD.
Please keep Eddie James Owens and his entire family in your thoughts and prayers.