Body found suspected to be Brandon Gilley of Sebastian

Brandon Gilley
Brandon Gilley

A body was found in Fellsmere Wednesday at a home where drugs were sold to Brandon Gilley, a missing Sebastian man.

However, the sheriff’s office has not confirmed the identity of the body.

“We can’t say for certain without positive identification,” Major Eric Flowers told Sebastian Daily. Flowers said they are hoping to ID in “pretty short order.”

The Indian River County Sheriff’s Office Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team executed a search warrant at 12945 100th Lane in Fellsmere. Detectives were aware that the residents of the home had previously supplied drugs to missing person Brandon Gilley.

During the search warrant, Detectives recovered two rifles, one stolen shotgun, one stolen handgun, 16.5 grams of crack cocaine, 4.5 grams of powder cocaine, 11.7 grams of marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.

Herberto Gamez, 31, and Selena Rodriguez, 23.
Herberto Gamez, 31, and Selena Rodriguez, 23.
Body found in backyard behind Fellsmere home.
Body found in backyard behind Fellsmere home.

Herberto Gamez, 31, and Selena Rodriguez, 23, were both arrested as a result of the search warrant. Gamez had two outstanding warrants for possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance. He was also charged with an outstanding felony warrant for violation of probation from Brevard County. Rodriguez was charged with possession of less than twenty grams of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

During the search, cadaver dogs alerted to an area in the back yard of the home. Detectives probed the ground where the dogs alerted and marked off an area to begin digging. Over the course of several hours, detectives uncovered the skeletal remains of a human approximately three feet below the ground.

“Overnight, our detectives worked tirelessly to recover the remains of a body in Fellsmere. We are proud of the efforts of our entire team of investigators. We ask for your patience as we identify the remains,” Indian River County Sheriff Deryl Loar stated.

Indian River County Sheriff’s Detectives continue to follow leads, in this case, today, interviewing suspects and potential witnesses.

Gamez remains at the Indian River County Jail on his outstanding warrant from Brevard County. Rodriguez posted $1,000 bond and was released.

The search warrant occurred just two days after Sebastian Daily published an article about the one year disappearance of Brandon Gilley.

Gilley, who was 23-years-old when he went missing on April 7, 2018, was last seen at the Winn-Dixie grocery store in Sebastian. About two weeks later, his car was found abandoned in Palm Bay and was seized by the Indian River County sheriff’s office.

This is a developing story.

DISCLAIMER: Arrests and mugshots were made public by complaint affidavits, arrest affidavits, and police reports. All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty.

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About Andy Hodges
Andy Hodges was born in Annapolis, Maryland, but was raised in Jupiter, Florida. He spent 12 years in radio & television before making a career change to computer programming and computer engineering. Andy worked for several technology companies in Atlanta before returning to Florida in 2002. Eventually, he returned to the news sector and joined Sebastian Daily in 2016 as our editor in chief. Andy's family has lived in Sebastian for more than 45 years.