Teen found dead in Ponte Vedra Beach


A 17-year-old boy was found dead on Thursday night outside the parking garage near Pusser's Bar and Grille and Ruth's Chris Steak House in Ponte Vedra Beach, according to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office (SJSO).

"It appears he entered onto the top floor of the parking garage and went off the edge of the building," said Chuck Mulligan, SJSO's community affairs bureau commander. "There's no evidence that exists at the site that indicates that there was any foul play."

Mulligan said the Sheriff's Office has researched the boy's history, background and personal life and "all indications at this point are pointing to a suicide."

Anyone struggling with severe depression or suicidal thoughts should contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255 to seek immediate counsel. The hotline is available 24 hours per day. Those seeking an online peer support-group community can visit Reddit.com/r/SuicideWatch.

This is a developing story. The Recorder will provide updates as they become available.