Body found in trunk of burned vehicle in Lake County, deputies say

911 caller reported seeing a person run away from burning gas can

GROVELAND, Fla. – Deputies discovered a man’s body in the trunk of a burned vehicle near Groveland Saturday, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

The man has been identified by deputies as 20-year-old Jermonick Bernard Luther Jr.

Authorities received a call at 9:15 a.m. about a white SUV near Honeycutt Road and Tuscanooga Road. The caller told dispatchers there was a gas can on fire next to the vehicle and a man had run away from the SUV, according to the sheriff’s office.

Jarmonick Luther Jr., 20. (Image courtesy Crystal Cummings) (WKMG 2021)

The fire department and deputies arrived and found the SUV with fire damage inside the vehicle. The body of Luther was found in the trunk of the SUV.

Detectives are investigating the death.

The sheriff’s office did not release any other information at this time. Check back for updates on this developing story.