Lakeland runaway's death deemed a homicide

7:32 PM, Feb 22, 2014   |    comments
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Lakeland, Florida -- Lakeland Police have identified the body found on Atline Road Saturday morning as a runaway.

Around 4:51 a.m. on February 22, the Lakeland Police Department responded to the 1300 block of Atline Road in reference to a body found in wooded area east of the railroad tracks.

The responding officer located a deceased black male, later identified as 17-year-old Demarco Powell, a runaway who was reported missing by his mother to the Lakeland Police just an hour earlier. 

This investigation is now classified as a homicide.

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