DEVELOPING: Skeletal remains found in Ocala

Published: Mar. 31, 2021 at 4:15 PM EDT
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OCALA, Fla. (WCJB) - Skeletal remains were uncovered in Ocala.

According to Ocala Police, the remains were found in a wooded area in north Ocala, about 75 yards off NW Gainesville Road, in the 3300 block, which is close to the Transition Life Center Headquarters.

The remains were found on Wednesday morning by two people camping the woods. The man was walking on his own when he found boots and then the skeletal remains. He thought it was a prank at first by the woman he was hiking, but when asked, she said it wasn’t her, so they called police.

The clothing seems to indicate the body is male.

“What we were able to find was a completely decomposed skeleton. it looked like maybe animals had gotten to the body, so we are still looking for some of the bones that belong to this person,” said Corie Byrd, public information officer for the Ocala Police Department.

Byrd says at this time they have not found evidence of foul play but the cause of death is unclear. The case is being investigated by the major crimes unit.

Stay with TV20 as we continue to follow this developing story.

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