Skeletal remains found in Manatee

MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Mosquito control workers discovered skeletal remains in the woods in Port Manatee this week. Now Manatee detectives investigate this case as a homicide.

It happened Wednesday in Port Manatee. Two Mosquito Control employees were in the woods behind Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. They were checking for mosquitos when they discovered human skeletal remains. 

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene and started a death investigation.

The Medical Examiner’s office determined after the initial autopsy that the skeletal remains belong to a White or Hispanic male, 5 foot 4 inches tall. He was in his 40s to 50s. According to the ME, the victim died of trauma to his chest area. It is unclear how long the remains were in the woods.

No further details on the cause or method of death have been released.

MCSO detectives said they will be investigating this case as a homicide. They will go through missing person reports in both Manatee and Hillsborough counties.

If you have any information about this case, please call the MCSO 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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