Major Crimes detectives investigate suspicious death on Turbak Dr., Punta Gorda

UPDATE May 8, 2023

Layni Carver, aged 55, has been identified as the deceased individual. The cause of death is yet to be determined, pending the availability of toxicology results which are expected in the coming weeks. As soon as the results are obtained, they will be promptly released.

Punta Gorda, FL – May 6, 2023

On May 5th, 2023, just before 5 pm, the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence within the 29000 block of Turbak Drive in reference to a well-being check. After knocking multiple times with no response, deputies investigated the perimeter, and noticed a foul odor emitting from the residence.

Justin D. Carver (12-05-1986) eventually stepped outside, immediately locking the door behind him. Deputies noticed Carver’s evasive behavior and began to question him about the well-being of the victim.

Once inside the home, deputies were able to locate the victim in a stage of decomposition on the floor of one of the bedrooms.

Carver was arrested and charged with Failing to Report a Death to Medical Examiner and Resisting Officer Without Violence.

“The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office takes incidents of this nature seriously and is committed to ensuring that justice is served. We extend our deepest sympathies to the family and loved ones of the deceased during this difficult time,” states Sheriff Bill Prummell.

Justin D. Carver is currently being held at the Charlotte County Jail. The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information related to this case is urged to contact the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office.

An autopsy will be conducted shortly and any additional updates will be released as the investigations allows.

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