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Cold Case Homicide

Name: John Blakely 
Discovery Date: 11/16/1986 
Case Description

B/M, age 37 (7-11-49).  On 11/16/86, the victim’s 1986 Buick was found burned in a wooded area southeast of Idlewood and Flamingo Dr., Bartow.  On 11/30/86, the victim’s remains were found underneath the bridge at Charlie Creek approximately one mile east of Singletary Rd. on County Line Rd., Fort Meade.  The victim’s hands were tied together, but no obvious injuries were found. The cause of death was not determined.

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit at (863) 298-6379,
or send an email to coldcase@polksheriff.org.