Remains found in wooded area identified as missing teenager

Death of Corbin Johnson, reported missing in July 2018, investigated as murder

By Nick Jones - Digital producer

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Remains that were found in a wooded area of Northwest Jacksonville belong to an 18-year-old who was reported missing a year ago, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said Monday night.

The death of Corbin Odell Johnson, 18, is being investigated as a murder, police said. He was reported missing to the Sheriff's Office on July 13, 2018.

The remains were found Thursday in a wooded area of Utsey Drive, the Sheriff's Office said. A man was clearing land in the area when he made the discovery.

Foul play was suspected because of the way the body was positioned, police said.

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News4Jax spoke to Johnson's parents in July, and they said the teenager disappeared sometime after a job interview.

"It's not normal for Corbin," Milissa Jackson, Johnson's mother, said in July. "Corbin is going to text me. He's going to FaceTime me. He's going to call me."

Johnson's father said he dropped his son off for a job interview with UPS. According to the police report, another man dropped the teen off at his mother's Northside home later in the evening.

Johnson's mother told police that evening was the last time she saw her son, and she did not know whom he was with when he let home.

The Sheriff's Office noted in its missing persons report that Johnson had never been reported missing before.

Anyone with information about the disappearance or murder of Johnson is asked to contact the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office at 904-630-0500 or email JSOCrimeTips@jaxsheriff.org. To remain anonymous and receive a possible reward, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.

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