Martin County: Two dead from accidents, two missing men found dead
and one South Fork Student found dead in his bed.
Two people are dead after separate accidents in Martin County. The Florida Highway Patrol says that 50-year-old Paul Everett Heaton, Jr., of Fort Pierce, was heading southbound on U.S. 441 past SE 138th Blvd when he overturned and was ejected from his Ford Focus. His body and car were discovered Thursday morning and troopers are not sure exactly when the crash happened. Meanwhile, an Indiantown man is dead after a single-vehicle crash at the grounds of the Martin Correctional Institution. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 26-year-old Jason Taylor Rebele lost control of his Mercury Grand Marquis when he tried to negotiate a 90-degree curve, landing upside down in a canal. Rebele was not found until about two hours after the crash. Both crashes remain under investigation.
The bodies of two missing men have been found in Martin County.
The Sheriff’s Office says that 82-year old Gerhard Pfeifer of Jensen Beach had gone missing on Wednesday after leaving his house on foot. His body was found not far away from his home. Meanwhile, the body of 61-year old Glenford Harper has been recovered. Harper’s family became concerned when he didn’t return home from work. They went to the marina where he worked and found his personal belongings. Later the sheriff’s office recovered Harper’s body from the water. There’s no indication of foul play, and the sheriff’s office says that Harper had a known medical issue that caused him to lose function in his right arm. In both cases, the sheriff’s office says they do not expect foul play to be a factor, but are waiting on the results of autopsies before making their final determinations.
MCSO LOCATES BODY OF MISSING MAN, 82-yr old Gerhard Pfeifer’s body was located not far from his home this morning. Detectives do not suspect foul play at this time and say there is no public safety concern. See MCSO FB for additional info. pic.twitter.com/lWReUKks5b
— MartinCountySheriff (@MartinFLSheriff) September 20, 2018
MCSO is also investigating the death of a 15-year-old boy who attended South Fork High School.
Public Information Officer Christine Weiss said in a written statement that the teen was found by his mother unresponsive and not breathing at their Stuart home early Thursday morning. Detectives are awaiting the results of an autopsy to complete their investigation. No further details about the case will be available until after the medical examiner completes the autopsy.