Body of man found in Polk County orange grove

POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a death investigation south of Fort Meade.

The body of a man was found near an orange grove north of Old Bowling Green Road, west of Highway 17, around 2 p.m. Monday afternoon.

Detectives are investigating the identity and circumstances of death.

An autopsy will be performed on Tuesday to determine the cause of death.

No other information was immediately released.

If anyone has information about the death or witnesses anything suspicious in the area in recent days, contact the sheriff’s office at 863-298-6200. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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