St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara releases identity of Orlando man who committed suicide by toxic chemicals in car at Fort Pierce rest area of I-95 this morning
The man who took his life early this morning in his car at the Fort Pierce rest area of I-95 is Larry James Graffeo, 48 (DOB 12/24/61), of Orlando, according to St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.
An autopsy today by the Treasure Coast Medical Examiner's Office determined that Graffeo died by suicide, of hydrogen sulfide toxicity.
This morning shortly before 6, a Florida Highway Patrol trooper, responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle at the Fort Pierce rest area of I-95 just north of Orange Avenue (State Road 68), encountered a light-colored Nissan. The car had a hand-lettered sign on the windshield warning of hazardous chemicals.
Inside was the body of the man later identified as Graffeo, whose last known address is 1534 Sabal Oak Lane, Orlando, according to Sheriff Mascara.
Sheriff's detectives and the St. Lucie County Fire District's hazardous materials team reported to the site, where fire district officers, clad in Level III hazardous materials gear, decontaminated the car. Then detectives began their investigation.
Graffeo left a note inside the car, detectives said. Relatives were notified earlier this afternoon.
The rest area was closed after discovery of the car and its possible danger to motorists. The rest area was opened at noon, Sheriff Mascara said. * * *
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