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Edgewater police investigate suspicious death after body found in home

EDGEWATER, Fla. – Crime scene tape and police cars surrounded the area near West Pine Bluff Street Wednesday morning after they received a call about a body found inside a home.

"He's my best friend. I can't see anybody who would want to hurt him," said Steven, a neighbor.

Steven, who declined to give his last name said a laundromat called him on Tuesday and said his friend, 64-year-old Barry Lowe, had left his truck in their parking lot since Friday.

"It's unlike him to leave his truck anywhere and I went over there this morning and I found him in his bed," said Steven.

Police said they've interacted with Lowe before on alcohol related incidents.

"We have had to transport him home a few times when he was unable to drive," said Chief David Arcieri.

Authorities believe Lowe's death could be suspicious but said it's too early to tell.

"I don't see this coming to a conclusion today as far as a determination on whether it was a crime or a tragic accident," said Arcieri.

"He was a real good old man. I'm going to miss him. I'm really going to miss him," said Steven.

Edgewater Police said while they were investigating the suspicious death, 47-year-old Jasper Harrison called 911 and said he was "the guy" they were looking for. 

"We believe he thought we were there for him," said Arcieri.

Police said Harrison thought police were there for his marijuana growing operation that's in a storage unit next to the home where the body was found. Harrison also lives in that storage unit and told police he was unarmed and ready to surrender.

Officers arrested Harrison for cultivation of cannabis and took him to the Volusia County Jail.


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