Body found in Melbourne house, men in truck seen dumping bags in dumpsters, police say

Melbourne police said this is an isolated incident

Left: Victor Cruz Right: Nicholas McDuffie
Left: Victor Cruz Right: Nicholas McDuffie

MELBOURNE, Fla. – Melbourne police detectives are investigating a suspicious death after a body was found in a house and men in a truck were seen dumping items in dumpsters, the department said Saturday.

The department received a tip at about 9 a.m. Friday about a possible unreported suspicious death on the 2000 block of Leewood Boulevard, according to a Melbourne police news release.

Detectives then followed two males driving a box truck who were discarding items in different dumpsters and eventually detained those men, according to the news release.


Police caught the men at a Sunoco gas station on S.R. 518 and South Patrick Drive. The gas station manager gave News 6 surveillance video showing the moment police officers took the suspects into custody.

Police identified the suspects as 28-year-old Nicholas McDuffie and 32-year-old Victor Cruz.

Police said McDuffie lives in the home where they found the victim's body.

Investigators identified the victim as 24-year-old Tyler Moore.

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