Lake City Police and Fire

Update (10/16/21): The Lake City Police Department identified the deceased person as Timothy Drew McGaffick, a 74-year-old white male. The department has notified his next of kin and is continuing the investigation. 

Our original story (10/13/21):

Lake City Police Department (LCPD) officers discovered a body Tuesday evening after entering a residence at the Columbia Arms Apartments on South Marion Avenue to conduct a well-being check.

Before entering the residence, a social services program manager told the officers that a client had not been heard from in several days, an uncommon occurrence.

After discovering the body, the officers began treating the death as a homicide based on initial evidence. Investigators from LCPD and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement arrived on scene and took over the investigation.

Law enforcement is not releasing any additional information about the victim until a positive identification can be made, and an LCPD release said the investigation is still in the initial stages.

LCPD asks that anyone with information to contact Investigator Gutshall at 386-752-4343, calling the LCPS TIPS line anonymously at 386-719-2068 or Crime Stoppers of Columbia County at 386-754-7099.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.