Collier Sheriff's office IDs body found in swamp


The Collier County Sheriff’s Office has identified the body found in a swampy area of the Picayune Strand State Forest this week as Herman Schol, 77, of Carrabelle, a North Florida community located between Tallahassee and Panama City.

Authorities were called Tuesday night to the area a few miles east of Benfield Road and Beck Boulevard, just south of Interstate 75's Alligator Alley in eastern Collier County. Hunters who discovered the body told 911 dispatchers they believed it had been there for three or four days, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

Deputies needed swamp buggies to reach the scene. When they arrived around 9 p.m., they found the body floating in about 3 feet of water. Schol was wearing only underwear, but there were no outward signs indicating the death was suspicious, authorities said.

A blue Ford Ranger was also discovered about a quarter of a mile from the body, stuck in about 4 feet of water.

An autopsy is planned.


Initial investigation of a male body found in a swampy area in East Naples shows foul play doesn't appear to be a factor, a Collier County sheriff's official said.

"There are no outward signs indicating this was a suspicious death," Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Kristi Lester said.

An autopsy is planned for the man, whose name and age weren't immediately available.


The Collier County Sheriff's Office is investigating a suspicious death after a body was found Tuesday night in a swampy area near Alligator Alley in the Naples area.

Around 8:45 p.m., investigators were called to the area near the intersection of Beck Boulevard and Benfield Road, just east of Collier Boulevard in eastern Collier County.

Hunters found the body immersed in water. It is still unknown if the body is that of a man or woman.

Deputies were out in swamp buggies searching the area overnight. They cleared the area just after 3 a.m. and will return to the area after the sun comes up, NBC2 reports.

NBC2 report

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