David McCranie, Public Information Officer with the Tallahassee Police Department told reporters with Historic City News that FDLE has located what is believed to be the deceased body of Vincent Binder.
The Tallahassee Police Department, along with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement has been conducting an exhaustive detailed search for Vincent that encompassed hundreds of miles, beginning in Tallahassee and ultimately ending here in St. Johns County.
On the afternoon of April 8th, friends of Vincent Binder reported that since Friday, April 2nd, the 29 year-old Florida State University graduate student had been missing. Upon taking the initial report, officers responded to Vincent’s apartment, but could not locate him. The next morning, investigators from the Tallahassee Police Department’s Special Victims Unit began to review Vincent’s phone and financial information. Based on information contained in the review, Investigators Anne Johnson and Greg Wilder drove to Miami on Friday, April 9, 2010.
While investigators were in Miami the Tallahassee Police Department received a phone call from an investigator with the South Florida U.S. Marshal’s Violent Fugitive Task Force. The U.S. Marshal explained they had located a stolen pickup truck believed to have been used by three escaped prisoners from a Louisiana jail.
Soon investigators linked the possibility of the three fugitives to Tallahassee and the possible disappearance of Vincent Binder. U.S. Marshals apprehended the fugitives at approximately 8:00 p.m., on Monday, April 12th.
Investigators Johnson and Wilder received information from one of the fugitives linking them to Binder’s disappearance.
This morning at approximately 8:00 a.m., in a field near I-95 and State Road 16, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement discovered the body believed to be Binder.
Details surrounding the cause of death have not been confirmed and the investigation is ongoing.
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