Press Release from Florida Highway Patrol
~ Evidence Discovery ~
Jackson County, FL – On Sunday, March 28, 2021, at approximately 2:50 pm, pilots Randy McCroan and Colby Beck, with the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office, were conducting a flight search near an area of interest in Jackson County, Florida. The area in question was west down Pilgrim Rest Church Road and north on Sleepy Hollow Drive. They were following possible leads and searching for the Can-Am of interest from the previous night’s hit-and-run fatal crash in Calhoun County, Florida where a 14-year-old pedestrian was struck. A couple hundred feet in the woods, north off of Sleepy Hollow Drive, the UTV in question was identified by Trooper David Cox and Trooper Nate Jordan. These troopers, along with FWC officer Keith Baber, had been working diligently all morning following up on leads related to the crash and were able to partner with the pilots from Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office, which led them in to the discovered vehicle.
Upon arriving at the scene, the traffic homicide unit responsible for investigation of the original crash, arrived on scene and were able to take necessary photographs of the vehicle prior to securing it and having it transported to the Florida Highway Patrol, Troop A, indoor secure facility where it will be stored and safely processed for evidence. Again, the Florida Highway Patrol would like to thank FWC, The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office and their pilots, as well as Sheriff Edenfield of Jackson County for personally responding with staff and assisting along side our agency as the scene was secured and UTV was removed.
As a reminder, this is still an active investigation and we are still looking for the community’s assistance with any leads on confirming the identity of the driver involved in the tragic hit and run fatality.
As of this press release, no arrest has been made.