Sarasota Police seek identity of men who dropped dead man off at hospital
(BTLS Staff Report) SARASOTA, Fla. – Investigators with the Sarasota Police Department are asking for the public’s assistance in a death investigation.
Just before 3:30 am on Sunday two men dropped over 28-year-old Derek Richard Dewey off at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Dewey was pronounced dead a short time later but the pair left without leaving any information about themselves or Dewey.
According to a Sarasota Police Department report the deceased’s last known address is 4900 North Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. The men who dropped him off drove away in a dark-colored minivan.
Detectives want to talk to these two men about Dewey’s activities prior to them taking him to SMH. They are awaiting toxicology reports to determine an official cause of death.
The first man is described as a white male, approximately 30 years of age. He has a heavy build, brown or black hair and was last seen on surveillance video from the hospital wearing shorts, tennis shoes and a white t-shirt.
The second man is a black male, mid to late 20s the report states. He has a thin build and was last seen wearing jeans, a white t-shirt and Nike Sandals.
Dewey has an extensive arrest record in Manatee County for mostly drug-related charges. He served three years in state prison on a cocaine trafficking conviction and was on community control probation at the time of his death.
If you know either of the men or have any other information about this incident, please contact the Sarasota Police Department at 941-364-7309. If you wish to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 941-366-8477.