Deputies: Suspect on the loose after 18-year-old’s body found in Manatee County

Murder suspect search continues

PALMETTO, Fla. (WWSB) - The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office say they are searching for a suspect after an 18-year-old’s body was found over the weekend in Palmetto.

According to the release, deputies have issued a warrant for Irving Zuniga, 28, charging him with the murder of 18-year-old Jesus Molina. On Saturday June 29, 2019 around 7:17 a.m. deputies were contacted after someone noticed a body in the grass along 61st Street E.

Molina’s mother spoke to ABC 7 on Monday, devastated about what happened to her son. She didn’t want to be on camera or share her name out of fear, but told us that family members don’t know Zuniga.

No other details have been released about what happened between Molina and Zuniga.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Irving Molina is asked to contact the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office at (941) 747-3011 or Crime Stoppers at (866) 634-TIPS.

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