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Details emerge in case of man buried alive in Ruskin

Octavio Reyes (center, in red) is pictured with his children, from left, Melanie Rose, Octavio Jr., Luis Angel, Isaias, Vanessa, and Julian (on lap). [Family photo]
Octavio Reyes (center, in red) is pictured with his children, from left, Melanie Rose, Octavio Jr., Luis Angel, Isaias, Vanessa, and Julian (on lap). [Family photo] Tampa Bay Times

GIBSONTON — Late on Aug. 30, Adam Regino sat behind the wheel of a truck that bounded south through Hillsborough County. In the rear seat was Javier Bermudez. A third man sat in the passenger seat.

In the back of the pickup, lying under a bed cover, was the truck's owner, Octavio Reyes. His legs and arms were bound. From inside the cab, the three could hear him trying to kick his way out. As he banged against the bed cover, they turned up the volume on the radio.

Not long after, Reyes was dragged from the truck and thrown in a foot-deep hole along the banks of the Little Manatee River in Ruskin. He was buried alive.

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