Police suspect foul play in young man's death in Murray Hill

Some friends say he was 17

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Foul play is suspected in the death of a young man in the Murray Hill neighborhood on the Westside, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said.

Officers were called about 5:20 a.m. Wednesday to Day Avenue near Rosselle Street, where the man's body was found near the roadway.

His cause of death was not immediately known, but investigators said they suspect foul play. 

Sgt. Adam Blinn, with the Sheriff's Office, said they are working to identify the man, who may be under the age of 25. Some friends and neighbors said he was 17 years old.

"They say he was 17, but he looked like he was about 15," said Art Stephens, who told News4Jax that he called 911 when he found the body on his way to work. "It ain't the first time I seen a body ... in this neighborhood, in general."

According to police, neighbors reported hearing gunshots in the area about 10:45 p.m. Tuesday. Detectives said they were working to determine whether those were connected to the man's death.

"About 10:30 or 11 o'clock last night, I heard three shots," said one neighbor, who asked not to be identified. "To be honest with you, this neighborhood is on the sunnier side of things. The cops are doing a pretty good job of getting rid of the undesirables."

Crime scene tape blocking off several streets, evidence markers and a JSO Crime Scene Unit van could be seen Wednesday in the neighborhood. State Attorney Melissa Nelson was also at the scene Wednesday morning.

There were some people who appeared to be family members who came out and were overwhelmed with grief. They did not want to speak about the case.

Detectives do not have any suspect information and are asking the community to call the Sheriff's Office at 904-630-0500 or email JSOCrimeTips@jaxsheriff.org if they have any information about the case. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS (8477).

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