It was Tuesday evening when a detention officer observed a pick-up truck floating in the catfish pond located in front of the Charlotte County Jail. The detention officer then observed a man standing by the pond watching as the truck sunk to the bottom. This man was later identified as Tristin Murphy dob 4/11/84.
Murphy was uncooperative and denied having any knowledge of the truck as he walked down the road off of jail property.
Not knowing if the truck was occupied, two detention officers jumped into the pond but were unable to reach the vehicle due to depth. Fire/EMS dive team arrived on scene to assist and the unoccupied truck was later pulled from the pond.
Murphy was located down the road from the jail and arrested for Littering Over 500 Lbs. of Hazardous Material