Fort Lauderdale Police Investigating 21-Year-Old's Suspicious Death

Carlton Spear died sometime before 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 9, police said

By Steve Litz
|  Wednesday, Oct 24, 2012  |  Updated 7:18 AM EDT
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Fort Lauderdale Police said they re investigating the suspicious death of a 21-year-old man on Oct. 9. Carlton Spear died sometime before 8 a.m. that morning, and police officers found his body in the backyard of 512 NW 19th Ave., police said.

Fort Lauderdale Police said they re investigating the suspicious death of a 21-year-old man on Oct. 9. Carlton Spear died sometime before 8 a.m. that morning, and police officers found his body in the backyard of 512 NW 19th Ave., police said.

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Fort Lauderdale Police said they’re investigating the suspicious death of a 21-year-old man on Oct. 9.

Carlton Spear died sometime before 8 a.m. that morning, and police officers found his body in the backyard of 512 NW 19th Ave., police said.

Zenola Reed, who lives next door, said her husband spotted Spear’s body and then called over to take a look. She then called 911.

Reed now has the gruesome image of a dead man seared into her memory. She said Spear had no pants on and appeared to be wearing a wig.

“For the first three or four nights I couldn't sleep, I could not sleep, every time I close my eyes I could just see this body – lying back there in the backyard,” she said.

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The house is just off Sistrunk Boulevard near Interstate 95.

After about two weeks of investigating, police have come up empty. Detectives are now posting flyers in the area, looking for clues.

Police urge anyone with information on the case to call Det. Jim Jaggers at 954-828-5970 or Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.

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