Body of a 47-year-old man found near a Ft. Meade orange grove being investigated 

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the death of a 47-year-old man whose body was found near an orange grove, south of Ft. Meade on Monday, February 12, 2018. The man has been positively-identified as Douglas John Bowling (DOB 12/29/70), who was known to frequent the Winter Haven area. Detectives could not determine any recent address for Bowling, and acquaintances told detectives that he has been homeless. His next of kin has been notified.
Deputies responded to Old Bowling Green Road, west of US Hwy 17, at around 2:00 p.m. Monday, after a grove worker discovered Bowling’s body.
At this time, the death is being investigated as a homicide. An autopsy, which is scheduled for this morning, will determine the cause of death.
If anyone has information about Mr. Bowling’s recent activity or anything else they believe may be helpful to this investigation, they are urged to contact PCSO at 863-298-6200.

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