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Jacksonville Beach police looking for Ford F-150 that may be connected to father’s killing

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. — The Jacksonville Beach Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a “vehicle of interest” in connection to the fatal shooting of a father of four.

Jared Bridegan, 33, was killed in the 3700 block of Sanctuary Way South in Jacksonville Beach on Wednesday, Feb. 16.

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JBPD said on that same night, between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., a truck was captured on surveillance video in the Jacksonville Beach area.

Jacksonville Beach Police looking for truck possibly linked to father's murder

That truck, believed to be a dark-colored (likely blue) 2004–2008 Ford F-150 with four doors with running boards (possibly silver), brown trim and a silver toolbox.

“Oh my gosh, I’m just so happy about the Jacksonville Police Department just finding a lead and then also putting it out to us so we can have a moment of... there is something that’s going to be moving forward from this,” said one neighbor.

Action News Jax asked our law and safety expert Dale Carson — who has years of experience in law enforcement and is now an attorney — about the significance of releasing information on the truck to the public.

“What it also means is that investigators in this particular case don’t have a great many leads. And they don’t have a great many leads because there are no direct witnesses who are at the scene. A 2-year-old child is not going to provide any real information,” Carson said.

Carson said information on the truck means the police could find its registration, a possible owner and even a possible witness or a person of interest — something neighbors desperately want.

Anyone who saw the truck the night of the shooting between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., or knows of its current whereabouts, is asked to contact JBPD immediately at 904-270-1667.


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