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Body found in Collier County identified as Ohio lobbyist involved in federal bribery investigation

Posted at 12:44 PM, Mar 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-17 00:19:43-04

UPDATE 3/16, 2:15 P.M.:

The body found on Logan Blvd. N, in Collier County, has been identified as 67-yer-old Neil Clark, of Ohio. He had been living near where the body was found.

Clark was a longtime Ohio lobbyist who pleaded not guilty in a sweeping federal bribery investigation.

According to reports, Clark's wife said they had been having financial issues.

Clark made the not-guilty plea in August over an alleged role in a $60 million scheme federal prosecutors say funneled money from FirstEnergy companies to then-Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder to secure a $1 billion nuclear bailout.

There Collier County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a death investigation.

CCSO says a body was found in a field off Logan Boulevard North in Collier County.

The call came in at 11:29 a.m.

CCSO says a bicyclist found the body.

At this time the Sheriff's Office is not calling it suspicious.

This story is breaking and will be updated with the latest information as we receive it.