A death investigation is underway after skeletal remains were found in the woods behind the Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission offices at Port Manatee by two Mosquito Control workers who were checking the area for mosquitoes, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.
The sheriff’s office was called to the scene mid-morning when the remains were found and the remains have since been taken to the Medical Examiner’s Office.
It was unclear how long the remains had been there, according to sheriff’s office spokesman Dave Bristow. Investigators believe it’s been at least several months and that the remains may be that of a man, he added.
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“Until the autopsy is done we don't have much to go on. It is kind of in the Medical Examiner's Office’s hands now,” Bristow said. “First we obviously want to ID the person.”
The wooded area where the remains were found is very remote, he also said.
Bristow said investigators could return to the scene on Thursday to search for any additional evidence.
The sheriff’s office said they will release more information once an autopsy is completed by the Medical Examiner’s Office. It is unsure when that will occur since the Medical Examiner’s Office have been busy with multiple cases.
Anyone with any information about this case can call the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office at 941-747-3011, ext. 2519, or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward call Crime Stoppers at 866-634-TIPS.