Laura Williams, Office of
Public Affairs and Media Relations
VSO DETECTIVES INVESTIGATING DELAND HOMICIDE
Body of Man, 21, Found in Burning Car
Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a homicide after a body was found early Thursday in a burning car, and later identified as Jarius Cook, 21 (DOB 04/28/1998).
Deputies were called to the scene of the burning vehicle in the 900 block of South Delaware Avenue in DeLand at 2:36 a.m. Thursday. Cook’s body was discovered in the vehicle after the fire was extinguished.
This is an active criminal investigation. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Volusia Sheriff’s Office Major Case Unit at (386) 254-1537. Individuals with information can also contact Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida, toll-free, at (888) 277-TIPS (8477) or via online at NEFCrimestoppers.com .
Investigative tips may also be submitted by downloading the smartphone app from the Crime Stoppers web site (http://www.westopcrime.com/).
Callers to Crime Stoppers will remain anonymous and can qualify for a reward of up to $5,000.
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