Body Found in St. Johns County Identified as Vincent Binder

 The St. Johns County District Medical Examiner today confirmed that the unidentified deceased body found April 28 in St. Johns County is 29-year-old Vincent Binder. Binder, a Florida State University graduate student, went missing from Tallahassee on April 2. The Medical Examiner reports the manner of death is consistent with homicide.

After friends reported Binder missing on April 8, the Tallahassee Police Department’s (TPD) Special Victims Unit began reviewing Binder’s phone and financial information. The review led investigators to Miami. TPD was notified by the South Florida U.S. Marshals Violent Fugitive Task Force that they had located a stolen pickup truck believed to be used by three prison escapees from Louisiana. Investigators linked the three fugitives to Tallahassee and possibly to the disappearance of Binder. The U.S. Marshals apprehended the fugitives April 12.

Investigators later received information from one of the fugitives that further linked them to Binder’s disappearance. Since the fugitives had traveled throughout the state, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) was asked to assist in the investigation. On the morning of April 28, FDLE agents searching for evidence in conjunction with the case discovered Binder’s body in an open field near the intersection of I-95 and State Road 16 in St. Johns County.

FDLE and the St. John’s County Sheriff’s Office are conducting the homicide investigation. The case will be prosecuted by State Attorney R.J. Larizza of the 7th Judicial Circuit. Given the active investigation and the pending prosecution, information about the specific cause of death will not be released at this time.

For more information contact:
Heather Smith, Kristen Chernosky, or Mike Morrison
FDLE Office of Public Information

David McCranie
Tallahassee Police Department

Chris Kelly
Office of the State Attorney, 7th Judicial Circuit

Sgt. Chuck Mulligan
St. Johns County Sheriffs Office, PIO