Lake County Sheriff's detectives have positively identified a body found in the backyard of a Leesburg home over the weekend. They say it is the homeowner, 63-year-old Jesse Wachter.
Detectives are not saying how Wachter died, but they are calling his death a homicide. They added that several bags of mulch were used to cover his body.
"It's like a nightmare you can't wake up from," said Wachter's brother, Mark.
Mark said his oldest brother, who was a 15-year veteran who fought in Vietnam, didn't deserve to end up in a shallow grave.
"It's horrible," Wachter said, "I'm trying not to think too much about it."
Lake County Sheriff's deputies exhumed Wachter's body on Sunday, after neighbors reported that he had been missing and that someone was taking items from his home. According to an arrest affidavit, it was his Wachter's son, Jesse (J.R.) Jordan. When deputies arrived, they said they found Jordan and his girlfriend, Jessica Thigpen, leaving with a truckload of his Wachter's belongings.
According to deputies, Jordan and Thigpen had morphine and pills on them. They were arrested on drug charges and are being held without bond at the Lake County Jail. Jordan is considered a "person of interest" in this case.
Meanwhile, Wachter's family is making preliminary funeral arrangements.
"That was my oldest brother, and I love him with all my heart," Mark said. "He was a man's man. He lived life large, and I thank him for his service, what he'd done for his country."
No charges have been filed yet in Wachter's death.