The bodies of three people, victims of an apparent robbery, were found in a walk-in freezer just before dawn Wednesday at a Cracker Barrel restaurant where they worked.
The restaurant had been ransacked, but it was not immediately clear whether anything had been taken. Detectives found bills and rolled coins at the edge of a field behind the restaurant, sheriff’s spokesman Damian Housman said.
The three employees - a woman and two men - were believed to have reported for work between 4:30 a.m. and 5 a.m. Their bodies were found by a co-worker about 5:15 a.m., Housman said.
“There is blood. But we don’t know what the cause of death is just yet,” he said.
The restaurant is near an exit of Interstate 75, which links Florida’s east and west coasts.
Cracker Barrel, based in Lebanon, Tenn., is a chain of 231 family-style restaurants in 26 states in the Southeast, Midwest and Southwest.