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Body found buried in yard at retirement community

2:35 PM, Jan 12, 2014   |    comments
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LEESBURG, Fla. -- Deputies in Lake County found a body buried in the yard of the Mid-Florida Lakes retirement community northeast of Leesburg.

Lake County Sheriff's Office Lt. John Herrell said the investigation began Saturday night when a neighbor noticed someone taking items from the home of Jesse Wachter, 63, on North Lake Drive. 

Officials said Wachter had not been seen for weeks.

Deputies stopped a truck and found Wachter's son, Jesse Jordan, 28, driving, and his girlfriend, Jessica Thigpen, 28, also in the vehicle. 

Investigators said a trailer attached to the truck contained Wachter's motorcycle, golf cart and appliances. 

Herrell said Jordan and Thigpen admitted to being drug addicts. 

When drugs were found on Jordan and Thigpen, they were arrested and booked into jail.

Deputies used a K-9 unit to search Wachter's property and found human remains in the yard. 

While a body has been found it has not been identified, and the cause of death is not known.

WESH

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