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Tallahassee man found dead on Ridge Road identified, family pleads for help

Posted at 3:12 PM, Jan 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-30 13:15:57-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The family of the man found dead in Tallahassee is asking for answers in their loved ones death.

Johnathan Spooner's body was found in a yard on Ridge Road in Tallahassee Saturday. Now, his family is asking for your help to find the person responsible.

The Spooner family says Johnathan deserves more respect and the person who killed him needs to come forward.

"You don't know what you've done to our family," said Amanda Spooner, Johnathan's sister.

It's a plea that no family wants to ever have to make.

"I would ask for conviction in your heart to come forward," Amanda said. "For something to lead you here so we can find information to get the answers to the questions that'll keep us up late at night."

Amanda Spooner and her family united with a plea for the person that killed her little brother Johnathan Spooner to turn themselves in.

"Our brother deserves a more honorable passing," Amanda said.

Spooner's family say they last heard from him January 20th. He was found dead in a yard on Ridge Road in Tallahassee five days later on Jan. 25.

"We do believe that the incident didn't occur right there where he was found," said the lead TPD homicide investigator. "We think that he was brought there and disposed of in the front yard of the residence."

And now, investigators are working on a timeline to figure out where Spooner was the days leading up to his death along with trying to track down the last time anyone saw his silver Nissan Rogue with temporary tags around town.

"We're looking for anybody that saw that vehicle over the past 4 or 5 days," the investigator said. "With Mr. Spooner, without Mr. Spooner."

As investigators work to solve the crime, his family is holding on to their memories of Johnathan.

"It's something that'll never be the same without him. We're just believing that he's in a better place and divine health," Amanda said. "We're grateful for the time that we had with him.">

Police are saying that happened appears to be an isolated incident. TPD has not released a cause of death in the case.

Investigators, along with the family, are asking anyone who saw Johnathan or his silver 2008 Nissan Rogue in the last week to please call TPD at 850-891-4200 or Crime Stoppers at 850-574-TIPS.

Johnathon's family has setup a GoFundMe fundraiser to help raise money for his funeral costs.

For more information on the campaign or how you can donate click here.