Remains in woods near Town Center ruled homicide

Police say remains are those of man

Published On: Mar 11 2013 11:30:23 AM EDT   Updated On: Mar 11 2013 11:47:40 AM EDT
Body in woods near St. Johns Town Center
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

Human remains found in a wooded area across the street from the St. Johns Town Center on Friday afternoon are those of a man, and his death is being ruled a homicide, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

Detectives said they found several bullet holes in the skeleton.

The remains have not yet been identified.

Investigators were called to the corner of Town Center Parkway and Brightman Boulevard -- across the road from Publix. They said the remains have been in the woods for possibly several months.

Police continued working the scene Saturday trying to collect as much of the remains as possible.

The remains were found more than 100 yards into the woods.

Investigators said not all the remains were in the woods. They said parts of the body were missing, possibly from animals.