Body in canal was fugitive wanted for questioning in homicide

Jacksonville detectives say there was no initial sign of foul play

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Jacksonville Sheriff's Office booking photo of Jermaine Mobley from prior arrest

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The man found dead in canal behind some Northside homes Saturday morning was wanted on a gun charge and for questioning in a shooting death a week earlier at a nearby apartment complex, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

The body of 25-year-old Jermaine Mobley was found about 9 a.m. Saturday floating in water off Bertha Street, which runs west of Harts Road. With the assistance of Jacksonville Fire-Rescue, officers were able to retrieve the body.

A Jacksonville Sheriff's Office spokesman said there was not a positive identification at the scene because the body appeared to have been in water for some time.

His body was found one week after 20-year-old Richard Davenport was found in shot to death the woods near the River Oaks Apartments on Harts Road.

Two days after Davenport's homicide, police said Mobley (pictured, right) was wanted in connection to that case. An arrest warrant for Mobley was issued on a charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Police have not released details of the connection between the two men, or whether the homicide investigation into Davenport's death would be closed as a result of Mobley's death.

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