POLK COUNTY, Fla. -- The Polk County Sheriff's Office continues to perform a death investigation after a body was discovered near an orange grove south of Ft. Meade.

The body was found on Old Bowling Green Rd. west of US Hwy 17 around 2 p.m. Monday.

According to detectives, the body has been identified as 47-year-old John Bowling, who is known to be around the Winter Haven area often. The death is being currently investigated as a homicide and an autopsy is scheduled Tuesday for the cause of death.

A recent address could not be found for Bowling and detectives believe he was homeless after talking to some of his acquaintances.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the PCSO at (863) 298-6200. Anonymous tips may be worth a cash reward through Heartland Crime Stoppers, which can be reached at 1-800-226-TIPS.

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