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Man arrested for beating death

MANATEE — A suspect has been arrested and charged with murder in the death of a man whose body found at a Palmetto tree farm last month, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff's deputies, as well as officers with the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office and Sarasota Police Department, arrested Thomas Pack. 28, in the 300 block of Bunche Street in Sarasota. Pack has a home address in the 200 block of 10th Avenue East, Bradenton.

According to a news release, investigators found evidence and developed other information that led to Pack as a suspect in the death of Emerson Martin, who was found Oct. 27 beaten to death at the Palm Tree tree farm in Palmetto. Investigators have yet to determine a motive for the slaying.

Pack was being held at the Sarasota County jail.

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