Manatee County, Florida -- Deputies are investigating a suspected homicide at a grove in Manatee County.
Around 5:50 p.m. on Wednesday, August 28, deputies responded to a fatal shooting in a grove at 42800 State Road 62 in east Manatee County.
The victim, Maria Moralez, was an employee at the grove and was last seen earlier Wednesday. A co-worker discovered the body in the middle of the grove and called 911.
Detectives have developed a person of interest in the case, Moralez's former boyfriend Joel Ramirez-Hernandez. Ramirez-Hernandez did not show up at this job as a farm worker in Hardee County on the day of Moralez's death.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 941-747-3011, ext. 2159 or Crime Stopppers at 866-634-TIPS.