The man who detectives say was killed, dumped alongside a rural Manatee County road and set on fire has been identified, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.
Antonio Maurice Bradley, 35, was found at about 11:20 p.m. on Wednesday, when a nearby Myakka City resident spotted the victim’s body on fire at 11851 MJ road. Firefighters put out the fire and paramedics declared Bradley dead at the scene.
Detectives believe that Bradley may have been killed before being brought to the remote location, dumped and set on fire. By the time his body was found, it had been severely burned.
Bradley was released from prison on June 1 after serving just under a year on an 18-month sentence for possession of cocaine. His prior criminal history also includes convictions for obstruction, sale, manufacturing or delivery of cocaine and battery on an official for which Bradley served two prior stints in state prison.
The sheriff’s office has not named a suspect or person of interest in the investigation.