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Human remains unearthed at Jacksonville construction site

Bulldozer uncovers remains in pile of dirt during overpass construction

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Detectives with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office are working to identify human remains that were located Tuesday afternoon at a construction site near I-295 and Main Street.

According to Sgt. Steve Rudlaff, police were called to the scene around 2:40 p.m. They were first notified by Archer Western, the company that is doing construction on an overpass in the area.

Rudlaff said the remains were found in a pile of dirt, which was being pushed by a bulldozer. The medical examiner was called to the scene and is working to identify the remains. Rudlaff said investigators are in the process of collecting bones.

Investigators at the scene where human remains were found Tuesday
Investigators at the scene where human remains were found Tuesday

“We’re going to have to go though a period of dig. We don’t know how many other bones are in this pile of dirt," Rudlaff said.

Pictures of the remains, which appeared to include a human skull, were sent to News4Jax. Because of their graphic nature, we are not sharing them.

“We’re looking at least at holding the scene for probably several days, if not a week or so,” Rudlaff said. “There’s nothing to indicate at this point if it’s male or female.”

Police were spotted Tuesday at another site a few miles away off Eastport Road. Rudlaff said that area is a site where construction crews remove dirt to bring to the construction site.

Sky4 flew over a second scene connected to the discovery of remains at a Jacksonville construction site.
Sky4 flew over a second scene connected to the discovery of remains at a Jacksonville construction site. (WJXT)

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