Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Hunters Discover Skeleton

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Hunters Discover Skeleton

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The skeletal remains of a man who appears to have been killed,

then left in the woods as long as four years, were found in St.

Johns County Saturday, police said yesterday.

Police have not identified the remains, but the county Medical

Examiner's Office said they appeared to be those of a white man

between 30 and 40 years old, about 5-foot-10. Police said they

found five gold chains on the remains, four with crucifixes and

one with a St. Christopher's medallion.

"This is a highly unusual case," said sheriff's spokesman Kevin

Kelshaw. "It's unusual, especially because of the fact we don't

have any missing persons reported."

He said the body had been in the woods one to four years.

Ernie Stratton of Jacksonville, who was hunting with his

brother-in-law, Gerald Thompson of Switzerland, found the

skeleton Saturday afternoon as he walked into the woods off

County Road 210, about 1 1/2 miles east of the intersection with

County Road 16A, police said. …

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