Deputies are investigating the slaying of a Texas construction worker whose body was found Friday morning in some woods -- one day before he was to return home.

Jeffrey Maxwell's body was found by excavation workers about 7:42 a.m. Friday near a construction access road off Old Kings Road, the Flagler County Sheriff's Office said. The 26-year-old man's body was dumped in the woods between 5 p.m. Thursday and 7:30 a.m. Friday, sheriff's spokeswoman Debra Johnson said.

Maxwell was from Denison, Texas, near the Oklahoma border, and had been working for Florida Aquastore, which maintains water towers and tanks. The company has an office in Boca Raton. No one was available there last night.

It's unknown how long Maxwell had been in Florida. Investigators don't have a motive for the killing and are not saying how Maxwell was killed or approximately how long he had been dead.

The body's discovery shut down parts of Old Kings Road from Oak Trails Boulevard to State Road 100 in Palm Coast for three hours Friday morning as investigators gathered evidence. Flagler County Chief Deputy Rick Look declined to reveal what evidence was discovered.


From a comment left on Jeffrey's MySpace profile: "to those people on here that haven't heard the bad news. Jeff was Murdered May 26th 2006 in Palm Coast Florida. He befriended someone at a nightclub and they partied together. (all that knew Jeff knew how much of a people person he was. he always made friends everywhere he went.) On the way back Jeff's hotel Brian Christopher Wother shot Jeff 3x and put him in the woods less than a mile from the hotel. He was coming home the next day. "