Jorge Diaz-Johnston Wiki/Bio
Authorities in Tallahassee, Florida, are looking into the death of a man whose body was discovered in a dump just hours after he went missing.
On January 3, Diaz-Johnston was last seen alive. On January 8, a missing person warning was issued.
Diaz Johnston’s body was recovered at the Springhill Landfill in Campbellton, more than an hour distant from Tallahassee, the same morning.
He was 54 years old.
Jorge Diaz-Johnston Dead Dody Found Full Details
Tallahassee Police have confirmed that the death of w is being investigated as a homicide.
Diaz Johnston’s body was found at the Springhill Landfill in Campbellton, more than an hour distant from Tallahassee, the same morning.
The body was discovered in a trash pile that had come from a public location at the Baker dump, which is two hours away from where Diaz-Johnston was last seen, according to the statement.
On Wednesday, the body was properly identified.
Diaz-Johnston was a plaintiff in a historic action that led to the legalization of same-sex marriage in Miami-Dade County, according to the Tallahassee Democrat.
According to the newspaper, “the victim and his husband, Don Diaz-Johnston, sued the county clerk’s office in 2014, along with five other same-sex couples.”
The clerk’s office had denied marriage licenses to all six couples.
A judge decided in favor of the plaintiffs that year, and Florida became the 36th state to allow gay couples to marry the next year.
According to the newspaper, “Jorge was a crucial part of this historic lawsuit that’s one of the biggest moments of the LGBTQ civil rights movement in Florida history,” Stratton Pollitzer, deputy director of Equality Florida, the state’s leading gay rights group.”
“It’s incomprehensible to hear that one of our heroes has been taken from us.”
Manny Diaz, Florida Democratic Party chair and former Miami mayor, on the death of his brother, Jorge Diaz-Johnston of Tallahassee: “My brother was such a special gift to this world whose heart and legacy will continue to live on for generations to come.” pic.twitter.com/IJxFU8vt0b
— Jeffrey Burlew (@JeffBurlew) January 13, 2022
Jorge Diaz-Johnston, the subject of a homicide investigation that began after his body was found Saturday in a Jackson County landfill, was a plaintiff in a historic lawsuit that ended with Miami-Dade becoming the first county in the state to legalize same-sex marriages. pic.twitter.com/DSBvR9pDsp
— Christopher Cann (@ChrisCannFL) January 13, 2022