Man pursued by Martin deputies discovered useless days later close to Port Mayaca after lacking individuals search

MARTIN COUNTY — Sheriff’s deputies on Friday found the body of a 20-year-old man who went missing near Port Mayaca after a pursuit by law enforcement around Stuart and Indiantown earlier in the week, according to the Martin County Sheriff’s Office.

Tyrone Miles Jr., 20, of Belle Glade, was suspected of driving a stolen vehicle and didn’t stop when deputies tried to stop him in the Stuart area on Tuesday, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Office.

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Deputies pursued the vehicle near Stuart but halted the pursuit because Miles was driving recklessly, the press release said.

Miles was spotted in the vehicle again in Indiantown, and deputies pursued Miles in that area after he failed to stop for another traffic stop, deputies said.

After traveling toward Port Mayaca, Miles jumped out of the vehicle and fled on foot, investigators said.

Despite an extensive manhunt, the deputies were unable to locate Miles. Investigators said they found a backpack with his ID on it.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office listed Miles as a missing person Thursday and asked Martin County lawmakers for assistance.

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According to the sheriff’s press release, investigators found his body Friday morning near a canal, about a half-mile from where he ran from the deputies.

Family members identified Miles from tattoos visible on his body, investigators said.

The body was sent to the coroner’s office for further examination, the press release said.

Mauricio La Plante is a breaking news reporter for TCPalm, focusing on Martin County. Follow him on Twitter @mslaplantenews or email him at

This article originally appeared in the Treasure Coast Newspapers: Congressmen find Tyrone Miles Jr. dead days after Martin County chase

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