Body of father believed to have been killed by son, 18, found in Orange County lake

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — The body of a missing father believed to have been shot and killed by his 18-year-old son has been found in Orange County, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.


Sheriff Mike Chitwood said the sister of suspect Jonny Santiago found 52-year-old Juan Santiago’s body while searching Lake Avalon. Deputies had been searching for Juan Santiago’s body for days.

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Jonny Santiago is in Lake County Jail.

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Juan Santiago’s body hadn’t been seen since Sunday. Investigators said he flew down from New York to check on his son, Jonny, that night after the family had grown concerned with the 18-year-old’s behavior.

Law enforcement said Santiago’s wife heard her husband and son arguing before shots ran out and the line went dead.

Jonny Santiago then crashed into a Mount Dora synagogue Monday night and started shooting at deputies.

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Adam Poulisse, WFTV.com

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.