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Sheriff: Human remains found in Weirsdale

Marion County Sheriff’s Office detectives are conducting a death investigation after human remains were located on the side of the road in the 12000 block of E. Highway 42 in Weirsdale.

On Thursday, August 17, 2023, at approximately 4:50 p.m., MCSO deputies responded to the area of the 12000 block of E. Highway 42 after human remains were found in a ditch by citizens who were changing a tire. MCSO detectives, in conjunction with personnel from the Medical Examiner’s Office and the University of Florida C.A. Pound Human Identification Lab, are working to identify the remains and determine the cause and manner of death. They are also working to determine whether the remains are related to any active MCSO case.

Major Crimes detectives are continuing their investigation, and further information will be released when available. If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact Crimestoppers of Marion County at 353-368-STOP.

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