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Human Remains Found in Wooded Area of Hunters Ridge, May Have Been There 1 or 2 Years

| November 23, 2016

Flagler County Sheriff Crime Scene Investigations supervisor Laura Pazarena, foreground, and Lainey Weibling take measurements to determine where the remains were found. A resident looking for a toy drone stumbled upon the remains, about 100 feet into the woods. (FCSO)

Flagler County Sheriff Crime Scene Investigations supervisor Laura Pazarena, foreground, and Lainey Weibling take measurements to determine where the remains were found. A resident looking for a toy drone stumbled upon the remains, about 100 feet into the woods. (FCSO)

A resident of Hunter’s Ridge, the sparse, isolated development straddling the Flagler-Volusia County line, found human remains while searching for his drone this morning, not far from his home on Ashford Lake Drive.


The remains were found in a “very heavily wooded area” in the 2700 block of Ashford Lake Drive, said Laura Williams, a spokesperson with the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office. “The medical examiner has taken it and believes that it is human.”

Very little is known about the remains, which are more like a remain: they’re limited to an item about the size of a hand, Williams said. She was not authorized to specify the part of the human body that was found, though it is likely to be a skull. The sex and age have not been determined, and therefore neither has its identity.

“We have a lot of work to do to figure out who it might be,” Williams said. “I’m told that there are no obvious signs of trauma. It’s apparently been out there at least a year or two.”  It has also been bleached by the sun, suggesting that it had never been buried. No clothing or other items were found alongside it.

The item has been taken to the St. Johns Medical Examiner’s office for analysis, and may be transferred to another analysis lab in Gainesville.

In August, authorities found human remains at a construction site in the Hammock. Those remains were not tied to any missing-person case, nor were they determined to have been subject to foul play or trauma, though the identity of that person was never determined. 

CSI supervisor Laura Pazarena in the thick woods where human remains were found. (FCSO)

CSI supervisor Laura Pazarena in the thick woods where human remains were found. (FCSO)

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2 Responses for “Human Remains Found in Wooded Area of Hunters Ridge, May Have Been There 1 or 2 Years”

  1. Jay says:

    If I recall correctly weren’t they searching for human remains in that same area about a year ?? I wonder if it’s related

  2. Sara says:

    I sure wish they would find the remains of my sister in law. shes been missing over 20 years.

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