Man killed, set on fire in Lake County, deputies say

Mustafa Connelly, 38, found at property known locally as ‘the car wash,’ deputies say

LAKE COUNTY, Fla. – Deputies are looking for whoever killed a man and set his body on fire at a property in Lake County, according to the sheriff’s office.

Investigators said they were called to 1645 Veech Road, a property known locally as “the car wash,” for a report of a homicide.

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The victim was found burning next to a late model Hyundai sedan, according to a social media post from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

The victim was identified as Mustafa Connelly, 38, deputies said.

Investigators have not said how he was killed or what may have led up to his death.

Detectives are looking to find out any possible locations the victim may have visited prior to his death.

“I mean homicide itself is inhumane, but just to die in this way is even worse, so it was a very gruesome scene,“ Lake County Public Information Officer Fred Jones said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crimeline at 1-800-423-8477.

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Thomas Mates is a digital storyteller for News 6 and He also produces the podcast Florida Foodie. Thomas is originally from Northeastern Pennsylvania and worked in Portland, Oregon before moving to Central Florida in August 2018. He graduated from Temple University with a degree in Journalism in 2010.