MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) - Police are investigating after a jogger discovered the body of a security guard during her morning run at a Miami Gardens park.
According to Miami Gardens Police, the witness found the body of 50-year-old Kevin Willis bleeding from his head in the playground area of Scott Lake Park, located near Northwest 15th Court and 176th Terrace, Friday morning.
Rosiane Lori, the jogger who found the body, spoke to 7News from her home about the gruesome discovery.
“God woke me up to go see that,” she said.
Lori, who goes for a morning jog every day at the park, said she came upon Willis’ cadaver at around 6 a.m.
“I saw blood in his head,” she said.
7Skyforce flew over the park where police could be seen blocking off the entire park.
“Miami Gardens Police Department responded about 6:15 this morning to the call of a black male who was found laying, bleeding from the head area, here at Scott Lake Park,” said Miami Gardens Police Officer Carolyn Frazer.
Lori said she heard a cellphone ringing. When she found the device, it was laying next to Willis’ body.
“She saw that something was not right with the individual, so she went to go and get help,” said Frazer.
“I come back in here, I call my husband, and I say, ‘Can you go with me? Because I saw someone in the park,'” said Lori.
“Her husband then came to the scene. They noticed the person needed medical attention, and so they went ahead and contacted the police department,” said Frazer.
Officials confirmed Willis had been shot in the the head.
The distraught family of the victim arrived at the scene and were seen talking to police.
How Willis’ body got to the playground area still remains a mystery, investigators said.
“We’re not sure if he was on his way to work. We’re not sure what he was doing at the time,” said Frazer.
Willis was wearing a security guard’s outfit. However, police said he does not work for the City of Miami Gardens.
What police do know is that the victim left his home, located less than a mile away from the park, just before midnight on Thursday in a silver 2017 Chrysler 300 with the Florida license plate KEAD17. Detectives are searching for his car, which remains missing.
Officials said the faintest sound could be a clue in this case.
“If we’re going to be able to solve this crime, we’re going to need the public’s assistance as far as any little piece of information. If you’ve heard unusual sounds in the wee hours of the morning or maybe heard any kind of commotion or any kind of car screeching,” said Frazer, “any little thing that you may have heard can help put this piece of the puzzle together.”
Late Friday, police released a flier of the victim and his picture as they continue to search for information on this case.
Meanwhile, Lori said her days of jogging at Scott Lake Park are now over, adding that finding the body has left her shaken.
“It’s not supposed to happen over there. I don’t like it,” she said. “I’ve been in shock all day. I can’t eat. Only coffee I drink. I can’t eat.”
If you have any information on this death, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.
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