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Polk deputies find body of missing 19-year-old


Published:   |   Updated: January 4, 2014 at 08:15 PM

Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives say they found the body of a missing 19-year-old man this afternoon.

The body of Kodi Lee Matthews was found at about 4:57 p.m. in a wooded area just east of Fish Hatchery Road in Lakeland.

Matthews had last been seen Wednesday in the area where his body was found. His family tried unsuccessfully to contact him multiple times, and said it was uncharacteristic for him not to return calls or check in with family, deputies said.

An autopsy will determine the manner and cause of death, and the investigation is continuing.

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