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Body found in a ditch in North Port identified as 70-year-old homeless man

The North Port Police Department has identified a body found in a ditch Thursday morning as 70-year-old Thomas J. Conrad.

Police say Conrad was homeless and had an extensive medical history. There are no signs of foul play.

Conrad was last seen by a passerby around 9 p.m. Wednesday night standing near the area he was found.

His body was found around 8:30 a.m. Thursday on South Sumter Blvd., south of Heron Creek Plaza, close by to a homeless camp. Police say a collection of belongings was found next to Conrad.

Traffic will be rerouted in that area so expect delays and avoid the area if possible.

The investigation is ongoing. NPPD ask if anyone has information on Conrad’s death, please contact Detective Adam Taylor at 941-429-7383.

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