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Police ID man found in Westside ditch

28-year-old's death ruled a murder; Body spotted off Pritchard Road

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Police have identified a man found dead in a ditch off Pritchard Road late Sunday afternoon. His death has been ruled a murder.

Jerome Brown, 28, was found between Jones Road and Old Plank Road around 5 p.m. Sunday when someone reported spotting a body in a ditch, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

"There was a person on a bicycle who was riding on a trail and he saw [the body] and called us," Sgt. Craig Waldrup said Sunday.

Police are unsure how long Brown was in the ditch, but say anyone who spots anything suspicious, like a possible body, should contact police immediately.

"Anytime you have this type of situation, where you find a body on the side of the road, you just want to proceed with caution," said Waldrup.

Anyone who has any information on Brown's murder is asked to contact the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office at 904-630-0500 or email JSOCrimeTips@jaxsheriff.org. To remain anonymous and receive a possible reward up to $3,000, call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.