Body identified as ricin suspect

The body of a man found dead inside of a Fruit Cove, Florida, home has been identified as 53-year-old Daniel Somerson, who was questioned by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in connection with a series of 2004 ricin mailings.

Detectives from St. Johns County have ruled Somerson’s death a homicide and suspect that foul play was involved. The medical examiner used dental records to identify the body, according to MSNBC.

"Our detectives are continuing to follow numerous leads in this very violent death and will continue to do so until a suspect is identified and brought to justice," Sheriff David Shoar said, MSNBC reports.

An FBI investigation into the mailing of the toxin ricin to the White House and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist in 2004 led to Somerson as a suspect, but he was never arrested or charged with mailing the toxin.

Somerson was known for writing anti-government statements on his website, which has since been shutdown.

Somerson’s neighbors said he moved in approximately five years ago and seemed to be protecting himself from something.

"Once he moved in, he put up the fence, put up cameras and yelled at kids whenever they walked home from the bus stop," neighbor John Mackie said, MSNBC reports. "So we always suspected there was something weird going on."