GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB)-- Back in February, 20-year-old Daniel Schweitzer's body was found on the side of CR-234 in Micanopy. At that time, he had been missing for almost a month. Now the Alachua County Sheriff's Office says they have a suspect in custody.
28- year-old Jeremy Buckner has been charged with the mishandling of human remains and tampering with evidence.
Detectives say that electronic evidence like phone records, GPS and social media was able to create a timeline of Schweitzer's travels that ultimately led detectives to Buckner's home.
But detectives say it was the SKU number on a blue blanket found at the crime scene that would break the case.
" We were able to take the SKU number off of that blanket, run it through the system and we discovered that that blanket was the only blanket of this kind sold in Alachua County the week that Mr. Schweitzer disappeared," stated LT. Brandon Kutner, ASO Major Crimes Bureau Chief.
Surveillance footage placed Buckner and a woman in Walmart the day Schweitzer was reported missing. But so far Buckner has not been charged with his murder.
" We're able to establish at this point that Mr. Buckner was involved in Mr. Schweitzer's death and we're also able to definitively say that Mr. Buckner was responsible for transporting Mr. Schweitzer's body down to Micanopy where his remains were eventually found," stated LT. Kutner.
The investigation is not yet over, Buckner is being held in the Alachua County jail on $40,000 bond.
The homicide investigation in Micanopy after the body of Daniel Schweitzer was found by pedestrians along County Road 234 in February left a lot of questions unanswered, but Alachua County deputies have now arrested a suspect in connection to the case.
28-year-old Jeremy Buckner was charged with the mishandling of human remains and tampering with evidence in regards to Daniel Schweitzer's death.
Schweitzer's death is being investigated as a homicide after the medical examiner's office determined he likely died of a gunshot wound to the head.
The 20-year-old had been missing for almost a month before his body was found. He was identified by detectives who used a pawn shop's fingerprint records. ________________________________________________________
The body of a man found in Micanopy has been positively identified as 20-year-old Daniel Schweitzer from Gilchrist County. It was identified by detectives who used a pawn shop's records.
Daniel Schweitzer's death is being investigated as a homicide after it was determined by the medical examiner's office he died of non-natural causes.
While they originally knew the man had been killed, they didn't know who he was.
Schweitzer's body was found by a pedestrian but once sheriffs deputies got there the only details they could tell to identify the body was that it was a male.
Alachua County Sheriff's Office Spokesman Brett Rhodenizer explained, "Monday afternoon we were faced with the challenge in that we had no idea who this man was on the side of the road. That's all we could tell you it was a man. We couldn't tell you his age, size, ethnicity, hair color, any other descriptors based on the elements and being outside for an unknown period of time."
Then the medical examiners and detectives tried something else. They re-hydrated one of Schweitzer's hands which allowed them to get a positive fingerprint.
When they put the fingerprint through criminal and military background checks, nothing came back.
However, it was learned before Schweitzer disappeared he went to a pawn shop and bought something which required a fingerprint. Detectives took that fingerprint and with the help of two separate fingerprint specialists, they got a positive id.
Detectives are asking anyone who saw or heard from Daniel Schweitzer before he disappeared to call them at (352) 372-STOP (7867) so they can create a timeline of his whereabouts.
There also is up to an 8-thousand dollar reward being offered for anyone who can give information leading to an arrest.