Body of missing man found; deputies say it was homicide

A body found in the woods in Myakka City was the victim of homicide, Manatee County deputies said.

The body of Jose Barajas-Santibanez, 42, of Bradenton was found Monday near 5600 Verna Bethany Road, not far from the roadway.

His daughter had reported him missing on Wednesday. His abandoned car was found the same day in Palmetto

An autopsy determined Barajas-Santibanez was the victim of homicide.

Anyone with information should contact the MCSO at (941)747-3011 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-634-TIPS. 

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