Published: Mar 13, 2014 11:48 AM EDT
Updated: Mar 13, 2014 5:33 PM EDT

DESOTO COUNTY, Fla.- A corrections officer was found dead in a ditch at SE Westfarms Road. yesterday after an apparent hit and run accident.

According to Desoto County Sheriff Will Wise, 50-year-old Officer Jeffery M. Worth was off duty, walking his dog, when the accident happened.

A passerby found his body.

The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating.

Anyone who has any information in this incident is asked to contact the FHP at (941) 751-8350 and ask for a Cpl. Louis Smith, Jr.