Homeless man brings human remains into grocery store
SEBASTIAN, Fla. (WPBF) —A man stumbled upon human remains along a path in Sebastian and Indian River County sheriff officials say he took a piece of the skeleton with him to a supermarket.
Indian River County Sheriff's Office spokesman Thomas Raulen said deputies were alerted to the body in a wooded area near U.S. 1 and Roseland Road around 10 a.m. Tuesday after a shocked Publix employee called 911.
Raulen said an individual, who is homeless living in the wooded area, walked across U.S. 1 to Publix toting a human skull.
"He had put the skull on top of a trash can over there because he wanted to tell somebody to call the sheriff's office," said Raulen.
Raulen said when deputies arrived the man led them to the remains.
According to Raulen, it's unlikely the victim was decapitated but that, "The body was deteriorated for so long that the skull was simply sitting there with the rest of the bones."
Deputies said the wooded area is known to be frequented by homeless people but Raulens said the remains were not close to any known "camps."
Investigators said its too early to tell the cause of death or the gender of the victim.
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