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Human remains found in Flagler County dunes

Medical examiner's office confirms remains are human

Left to right are FDLE Crime Lab Analysts John Holmquist and Jean Blundell, FCSO Detective Jodi Glasgow and FCSO CSI's Lainie Weibling and Laura Pazarena. (Provided by FCSO)
Left to right are FDLE Crime Lab Analysts John Holmquist and Jean Blundell, FCSO Detective Jodi Glasgow and FCSO CSI's Lainie Weibling and Laura Pazarena. (Provided by FCSO)

PALM COAST, Fla. – Workers cleaning a Flagler County beach Monday found human remains in the sand dunes, the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office said.

The remains were found on the beach side of North Ocean Shore Boulevard, about one-half mile north of Varn Park. Deputies said the medical examiner’s office confirmed that the remains are human.

With the assistance of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the human skeleton was removed from a shallow grave in the sand dunes and will be taken to the medical examiner’s office for analysis to determine the sex, age and cause of death. Authorities said they do not know how long that process will take.

"Had Hurricane Matthew not eroded the sand dunes to the extent it did, we would not have located the bones at this time," Flagler County Sheriff's Office spokesman Director James Troiano said.

Anyone with information about the discovery is asked to call the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office at 386-313-4911. To remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida at 1-888- 277-8477 (TIPS).