Investigation underway after human skeletal remains found in Manatee woods

MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Manatee County mosquito control crews found human skeletal remains in the woods Wednesday.

The two employees were behind the Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, Port Manatee, when they made the discovery. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office is now investigating.

Officials said they don’t know how long the remains had been in the woods. The medical examiner’s office will perform an autopsy. Additional information will be released after that autopsy, deputies said.

If you have information, you’re asked to call the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office at (941) 747-3011 or Crime Stoppers at (866) 634-TIPS. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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