Man Found Dead in Brandon, Behind Regency Square, Car in an Embankment

Sean Michael Buchanan of Temple Terrace reportedly was at the movies at AMC The Regency 20 before he was found dead in his car. Hillsborough Sheriff's Office reports trauma to his upper body was not consistent with a crash.

EDITOR'S NOTE:  Details of the crime have been updated in response to corrections and clarifications issued by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office to its initial reports.


Detectives are asking for help after a man died after being found in his car in an embankment behind the Regency Square shopping center, at the intersection of Brandon Boulevard and Intersate 75.

According to Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Larry McKinnon, Sean Michael Buchanan, 26, of Temple Terrace, was found "conscious, but incoherent and confused" at around 10:30 p.m. May 30.

Detectives said he had been at the movies, at AMC The Regency 20, and was discovered with trauma to the upper body that was "not consistent with a traffic crash."

The shopping center is across the street from the Westfield Brandon shopping mall. Buchanan lived at 6905 South Riverchase Drive.

Deputies had been responding to reports of a car crash at 2496 Brandon Boulevard West when they found Buchanan's Toyota Corolla down an embankment in a wooded area.

Anyone who was in the area at the time, including those who might have seen the victim or the victim's vehicle, is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 813-247-8200.

More specifically, deputies seek to hear from anyone who saw Buchanan, or his car, on May 30, between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m.


Contact: Brandon@Patch.com June 01, 2011 at 10:00 PM
Were you at Regency Square on May 30, between 9:50 and 10:30 p.m.? Please take a look at these pictures and see if you might have spotted the victim or his car. Death investigation ongoing.
Liz Brewer June 01, 2011 at 11:48 PM
This is so sad! Sean was a member of Kings Avenue Baptist Church in Brandon for many years. I will be praying for his family that they may find out what happened to him.
Josie M. Costa June 10, 2011 at 05:16 AM
Great article I hope it helps lead the police to find out who did this awful thing. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of his family, he was a great man. Josie


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