MIRAMAR, FLA. (WSVN) - Police are attempting to determine whether a body found near a Miramar apartment complex is that of a high school student who went missing.
7SkyForce hovered over the scene at the New Park Towers at 2281 Sherman Circle South, Tuesday afternoon, where detectives and crime scene tape could be seen in a parking lot.
Police said an officer conducting a search in the area saw some bloodstains.
“When they looked into it further, they located a body that was found in the bushes,” said Miramar Police spokesperson Tania Rues.
Police are looking into a possible connection with this scene and the disappearance of 18-year-old Dwight Grant, who was last seen at his home at around 6 p.m. Sunday.
Rues said concerned family members called the department.
“When the 18-year-old did not go to school the next day, family members called us again,” she said. “This was something that was very unusual for him, just to not show up to school.”
Investigators said the body was found feet from Grant’s apartment.
Loved ones alarmed by Grant’s disappearance spoke about the high school senior who goes by the nickname DJ.
I’ve known Dwight over 10 years. He was real quiet, stayed by himself, a real homebody,” said family friend Sergio Smith.
“This is totally out of his character,” said Smith.
Family and friends had previously planned to pass out missing person flyers in the area but instead discovered the crime scene.
“I’ve known him since elementary school, never had a problem with him,” said Smith, “whether he stayed in the house, stayed out of trouble. He wasn’t gang-affiliated or anything like that.”
As of Tuesday night, police have not confirmed whether or not the body is that of Grant. They said they have not yet been able to determine the victim’s gender or age.
“We’re unable to positively identify the person that was found deceased,” said Rues.
Still, friends and family members fear the worst.
“His mom, she’s a nurse, and I remember seeing this lady through the whole pandemic coming home every day, like, this lady would come home almost sleepwalking from working so hard,” said Smith. “She is devastated. That’s her only child.”
The medical examiner’s office has completed their work at the scene, as police continue to investigate.
If you have any information that could help police in this case, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward of up to $5,000.
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