SOUTH APOPKA, Fla. -- Orange County deputies are investigating after a man’s body was found in a wooded area of the West Orange Bike Trail in South Apopka Wednesday afternoon.
- Man's body found by passerby along West Orange Bike trail
- Man identified as Collis Fogle, 46; body reportedly burned
- Resident say area plagued by violence and crime
Investigators say a passerby found the body along Old Apopka Road in the area of East 18th street. Deputies called the death suspicious and confirmed that the man's body was burned.
Detectives say the man has been identified at 46-year-old Collis Fogle.
Meanwhile, longtime members of the community are calling for peace.
“It’s sad and it's Thanksgiving because that’s somebody’s son out there, that’s somebody’s dad and somebody’s brother,” resident Jackie Newsome said.
Newsome has lived in South Apopka for over 50 years. In that time, she has witnessed crime scenes similar to this one time and time again.
“I just wish it would stop, I wish it would stop, what we got to do now is its praying time, it's praying time no talk, it's praying time,” Pastor Fernando West said.
News of this death investigation hits close to home for pastor West, who also lives in the community. West recently lost a young family friend who was found shot-to-death not too long ago.
“I knew him very well, I knew him when he was small growing up and I think about my grandkids as they are growing up, I try to lead them the right direction,” West said.