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North Port police officers say they have people of interest in connection with a man found slain Thursday morning in a wooded area at the end of Granada Avenue.

Police say the incident began with a 911 call shortly after 4 a.m. They responded to Bullard Street, set up a command center and closed off several streets in all directions. Officers and canine units searched the area for more than an hour.

Our SNN cameras captured exclusive video of a search dog and detectives heading into the wooded area at the end of Granada along Trionfo Avenue where the man’s body was found. The discovery was made about six blocks from the initital crime scene on Bullard Street.

During the search, the Sarasota County sheriff’s helicopter circled overhead.

Police have not released the man’s identity or offered a motive for the crime. Police spokesman Josh Taylor says it’s believed to be an isolated incident and the neighbors should not be concerned.

Neighbors tell SNN there is a homeless camp near where the body was found and that the neighborhhood has been affected by criminal activity linked to drugs. There were used needles along the road.

 

 

 

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Grant Boxleitner
Grant Boxleitner is the SNN evening news anchor. He joined the SNN news team in October 2009 as a reporter and fill-in anchor. Boxleitner covered the British tourist murders, a story that made international headlines. He was a member of the SNN reporting team that won a Telly Award for the 10th anniversary 9/11 special about the Suncoast’s connections to the terrorist attacks. He also covered 2012 visits to Sarasota by Mitt Romney and Vice President Joe Biden. Boxleitner was named co-anchor of the SNN Morning Edition in March 2014. He anchored SNN's live 2016 Florida Presidential Preference Primary coverage and anchored coverage of live speeches from the candidates throughout the campaign. In March 2016, he was named SNN evening news anchor. He hosts the weekly SNN feature segment, "Feel Good Friday." You hear his voice at Ed Smith Stadium as the public address announcer for the Baltimore Orioles spring training games. Boxleitner has been a journalist in Southwest Florida since 1997. He joined WBBH-TV NBC-2 in Fort Myers as a reporter in September 2006, fulfilling a longtime career goal of breaking into television news after beginning his career in newspapers. Boxleitner grew up in Marengo, Ill., and is a U.S. Army veteran, completing a combat mission during Desert Storm. He earned a bachelor’s degree with a double major in journalism and political science from Northern Illinois University. During his time in Florida, he completed a master’s degree in media and journalism studies at USF-St. Petersburg. When he’s not on the air, you may find him working out at the YMCA, eating in a Suncoast restaurant or spending time with family and friends.