Suspect arrested for death of missing VLE man

The Indian River County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a suspect in the death of the man who went missing from his home in Vero Lake Estates earlier this week.

John Robert Spencer’s body was recovered Wednesday afternoon with the assistance of information provided by the suspect, Scott Hodges, a local real estate agent.

Hodges has been charged with First Degree Murder.

“Our thoughts go out to the family,” said Sheriff Eric Flowers. “Losing a loved one, especially so close to the holidays, is a tragedy. As we’re sitting down to our Thanksgiving meals, this family is mourning a loved one lost to violence.”

John Robert Spencer
John Robert Spencer

Spencer’s has requested privacy at this time and asks the public to keep their distance.

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About Andy Hodges
Andy Hodges was born in Annapolis, Maryland, and raised in Jupiter, Florida. He has been a radio and TV personality since the mid-1980s. He has worked for WFLX-TV (Fox 29), WIRK, WLIZ, WIXI, WKSY, WRMF, and others. In 1994, Andy took a break from broadcasting and was a software and systems engineer for various companies. In 2002, he permanently moved back to Sebastian, where Andy's family has lived for over 45 years. He returned to the broadcasting sector in 2005. Andy joined Sebastian Daily as our editor-in-chief in 2016.