Three men are in custody following the discovery of human remains believed to be a missing Quincy man’s.
On Thursday, officers with the Quincy Police Department/Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Task Force arrested Ja’Darrius Handy, 20; Christopher Monroe, 21; and Marvlous Moore, 18 – all of Quincy. Authorities allege each played a role in the disappearance and suspected death of 25-year-old Quincy man Benjamin Wardy, missing since April 29.
Wednesday night, task force officers uncovered human remains believed to be Wardy’s in the woods behind an abandoned house at the 3000 block of Flat Creek Road, near Chattahoochee. Confirmation of the remains’ identity is pending an examination by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement crime lab.
Police charged Handy with murder, and Moore and Munroe face charges of accessory after the fact to commit murder. All three are being held without bond at the Gadsden County Jail.
In late April, Wardy was named a “person of interest” in a robbery on South Cleveland Street in Quincy. Quincy Police asked Wardy to meet with them to discuss the case, and Wardy agreed. Investigators say they spoke with Wardy on the phone shortly before he was due to meet with them, and that he reported he was “on his way.” But Wardy never showed up, and police were unable to reach him or locate him thereafter.
Fearing for Wardy’s safety, area law enforcement launched a multi-agency search within days of the missed interview.
Authorities ask anyone with information about this case to call the Quincy Police Department Criminal Investigation Division at (850) 627-7111 or the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office at (850) 627-9233.
By Brian Dekle