SARASOTA -- Sheriff's investigators have released photos of personal items they found with human remains in a wooded area last week, in hopes of identifying the deceased.
"While the subject is still unidentified, the medical examiner can confirm it is a man, over 45 years old and possibly in his 60s, and small in stature," the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office said in a news release. "He had healed rib fractures, his second toe on his left foot had a healed fracture, as well, and the man suffered from gout. The subject had most of his teeth intact and no apparent dental restorations."
The remains were found Sept. 16 by water company workers in a wooded lot in the 100 block of Cattlemen Road, Sarasota.
The sheriff's office said the deceased man was wearing Wrangler jeans 29x30, an alligator skin belt with a distinctive belt buckle, a medium Gianni Velente leather jacket and Timberland boots. He also was carrying a Motorola flip phone, lighters, Mennen Speed Stick deoderant, nail clippers and two small black combs.
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"While the manner and cause of death has not been determined, detectives believe the body may have been there since the winter of 2013-2014. A 2012 penny was found in his pocket so the death occurred since that time," the sheriff's office said.
Anyone who recognizes the items can call the sheriff's office at 941-861-4900.