FDLE: FSU Student's Death A Homicide

Missing 29-Year-Old's Body Found In St. Johns County Field Wednesday

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. - The St. Johns County district medical examiner confirmed Friday that the body found Wednesday in an open field is that of 29-year-old Vincent Binder, a Florida State University graduate student.

Binder went missing from Tallahassee on April 2. The medical examiner reported the manner of death is consistent with homicide.

After friends reported Binder missing on April 8, the Tallahassee Police Department said it began reviewing Binder's phone and financial information. The review led investigators to Miami.

Tallahassee police said they were notified by the South Florida U.S. Marshals Violent Fugitive Task Force that they had located a stolen pickup truck believed to be used by three prison escapees from Louisiana. Investigators linked the three fugitives to Tallahassee and possibly to the disappearance of Binder.

The U.S. Marshals apprehended the fugitives on April 12.

Investigators said they later received information from one of the fugitives that further linked them to Binder's disappearance.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement agents searching for evidence in conjunction with the case found Binder's body Wednesday morning in the field near the intersection of Interstate 95 and State Road 16.

FDLE and the St. John's County Sheriff's Office are conducting the homicide investigation.

The FDLE did not release the specific cause of death because the investigation is ongoing.

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