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Thursday, August 4, 2022

Skeletal remains found behind warehouse in Ocala

Major Crimes detectives with the Ocala Police Department are conducting an investigation after skeletal remains were found on Wednesday morning behind a warehouse in Ocala.

Shortly before 5 a.m., OPD responded to the 1600 block of SW 17th Street after receiving a call regarding a human skull that was found in the nearby woods. When officers arrived on scene, they were directed to the area and located the remains.

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The skeletal remains were found in the woods near the 1600 block of SW 17th Street (Photo courtesy of the Ocala Police Department)
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Officers searching the area where the remains were found (Photo courtesy of the Ocala Police Department)
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An officer thoroughly searching the area (Photo courtesy of the Ocala Police Department)

According to OPD, the human remains were initially found by homeless individuals who advised that they were looking for a place to sleep in the woods. When they saw the remains, they contacted law enforcement.

Major Crimes detectives, the Forensics Unit, and the medical examiner responded to the scene.

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OPD’s Major Crimes detectives, the Forensics Unit, and the medical examiner arrived on scene (Photo courtesy of the Ocala Police Department)

OPD stated on its Facebook webpage that the remains appear to have been there for several months and investigators currently do not suspect any foul play. Detectives are currently investigating the incident.