110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
DeLand jogger finds bag of bones
Human remains not ID'd
posted Mar 25, 2014 - 9:30:21am
BY JEN HORTON and BARB SHEPHERD
John “Jack” Jarvis said it gives him a good feeling to help keep his neighborhood looking nice by picking up trash while he’s out jogging several mornings a week.
On March 20, Jarvis got more than he bargained for, when he picked up a bag of skeletal remains about a block from his home in the DeLand Highlands neighborhood on DeLand’s north side.
Jarvis said a county road crew had been through recently, trimming back trees along the roadside and revealing some trash that had been hidden. Out for his exercise just before noon Thursday, Jarvis noticed a garbage bag in the vacant lot on the corner where Oak Street meets U.S. 92.
The bag appeared to be full of debris and was about 2 feet in diameter, Jarvis said.
“There were roots growing through the bag,” he said. “It looked like it had been there over a year.”
When Jarvis attempted to pull the bag from the undergrowth, the bag began to shred, he said, so he borrowed a neighbor’s trash toter, pulled it near the bag and tipped the toter over.
As he tried to slide the deteriorated garbage bag into the toter, Jarvis said, he caught sight of what appeared to be a skull inside the bag. A little more movement confirmed the grisly discovery.
“It just rolled right out, and I noticed it was a skull,” Jarvis said.
He immediately dialed 911 and looked no further into the contents of the bag.
The Sheriff’s Office responded, cordoning off the area and searching for several hours for additional evidence on the overgrown vacant lot. Deputies confirmed the items in the bag appeared to be human remains.
Jarvis could not confirm whether the bag contained a full human skeleton, but said the skull appeared to be that of a young person — not an infant, but not an adult. He said there was also deteriorated fabric in the bag that looked as if it might have been a yellow or tan bedsheet.
Rather than being horrified by the discovery, Jarvis said it gave him a sense of peace and closure to think that someone would finally learn what had happened to a loved one.
“Somebody’s missing somebody, and now it’s over with,” he said.
The Sheriff’s Office investigation of the discovery is ongoing. No further information was available about the skeletal remains, or whether they might be linked to a local unsolved criminal case.
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