Pack of Dogs Mauls Florida Man to Death in Woods, Police Search for Canines

Police in Florida are investigating the suspicious death of a man who appeared to have been attacked by a pack of wild dogs in Lake Placid.

Just before noon on July 4, the Highlands County Sheriff's Office responded to reports of a body that appeared to be deceased in a wooded area behind a residence in the southeastern section of Highway Park.

The body was later identified as 45-year-old Melvin Olds Jr. by the department.

During the investigation it was determined that Olds died from injuries indicative of an animal attack, believed to be from a pack of dogs. The medical examiner said they could not find any other injuries to the 45-year-old, but an autopsy will still be carried out in order to determine a cause of death.

"A pack of dogs was seen in the area shortly after the body was discovered," the Highlands County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

Animal Services and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission units are setting traps in the area in order to catch the canines responsible.

Deputies are asking anyone who sees a pack of dogs or any dog that is aggressive in the area to call 863-402-7200.

Last month, the Highlands County Sheriff's Office launched a murder investigation after the bodies of two men were found on the same day around nine miles apart.

The first body, later identified as Jacquill Terrell Williams, 30, of Lake Placid, was discovered in rural area between Avon Park and Sebring at around 8:45 a.m. on June 22.

Police said they were still dealing with the first crime scene when the body of 18-year-old Taylor Jeral Morgan was found in an orange grove a few miles away in downtown Sebring. Morgan had been missing since June 18 when he was last seen in the Sebring area.

Police believe that the two homicides are related and were not random acts of violence. No arrests have been made during the investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call 863-402-7250 or email detectives@highlandssheriff.org and speak to Det. David Pearlman about the Williams case and Det. Mike Parker about the Morgan case.

Anonymous tips can be left through the Highlands County Sheriff's Office smartphone app or with Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS or www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com. Crime Stoppers tips can be eligible for a cash reward of up to $3,000.

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(File photo) A pack of stray dogs roam on March 19, 2019 in Srinaga, India. A man in Florida has been found dead after appearing to have been attacked by a pack of wild dogs. Yawar Nazir/Getty