JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Early Friday afternoon, most of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office deputies who had searched a wooded area off Pritchard Road, between Imeson Road and Bulls Bay Highway, since late Wednesday broke down their command post.
Crime scene technicians and other resources were at the scene all day Thursday and Friday morning. One resident of the area said police first arrived at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, and a second said he saw officers on the private dirt road in the late afternoon when he came home from work.
Police have not said anything other than it's an active investigation and corrected speculation that remains had been found in the woods. Video from Sky4 showed a canopy set up down a dirt road with equipment and coolers under it. Men could be seen and heard using chainsaws to clear brush.
"It’s a rural area," resident Wayne Fowler said. "Everybody in the area is friendly. There is no crime out here."
"I can’t imagine anything happening here," resident Randy Baker said. "You always have your ups and downs and I always have my eyes open."