A Highlands County man found beaten and burned to death earlier this year was still alive when he was set on fire, an autopsy report concluded.
The report said 20-year-old Aaron Doty had no narcotics or illegal drugs in his system, but did have an "elevated blood-alcohol content level." It said Doty died from "multiple injuries."
Doty's body was found in Sebring on June 11. He had been last seen at a party the night before where witnesses said he was involved in an altercation.
His burned body was found the next day in a wooded area not far from the home where the party took place.
Five people have been arrested and charged in connection with his death: 19-year-old Kenneth Felipe, 22-year-old Jonathan Rodriguez, 21-year-old Adriana Rodriguez, 20-year-old Nicole Hebert and 21-year-old Travis Makris.
Jonathan Rodriguez and Kenneth Felipe lived in the home where the party was taking place, and face murder charges.
The other three face accessory charges. Detectives say Makris stored evidence; Adriana Rodriguez (no relation to Jonathan Rodriguez) is alleged to have cleaned up blood at the scene; and they say Hebert drove Felipe and Rodriguez out of the county, knowing they were wanted by law enforcement.
The investigation remains open, and detectives ask that anyone with information call the Highlands County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Unit and Detective Barbara Hair at 863-402-7250.
Detectives have said there were several people at the party who witnessed the altercation Doty had been involved in, but no one called 911.
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