Published: Mar 13, 2014 8:27 PM EDT
Updated: Mar 15, 2014 6:55 PM EDT

DESOTO COUNTY, Fla. - The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating a hit and run that claimed the life of 51-year-old James Worth.

A rural mail carrier, was delivering on her route Wednesday afternoon when she noticed shoes and a hat laying in the road. Upon closer inspection, she found Worth's lifeless body face down in a drainage ditch, his dog walking aimlessly nearby.

FHP believes Worth's death was caused by a large vehicle or trailer. The make and model is unknown.

If you have any information, you are asked to call the Florida Highway Patrol at (239) 938-1800, attention Cpl. Louis Smith.