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Skeletal remains found in Orange Park retention pond

ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Skeletal remains were found Monday afternoon in a retention pond in a heavily wooded area 300 yards from Wells Road.

The bones were found in a pond near 350 Crossing Boulevard by a 15-year-old boy who was fishing from the pond, according to Clay County Sheriff's Office Col. Craig Aldrich.

Work done by the Clay Utility Authority caused the water level of the lake to drop, which is how the teen was able to see the skeletal remains, according to a release from CCSO Public Information Officer Mary Justino.

SLIDESHOW: Skeletal remains found in Orange Park retention pond

The boy told adult family members and they confirmed what he had seen and called CCSO. The boy and his family are not being identified so that detectives will be able to interview them, Justino said.

The pond is now being drained by CCSO detectives and technicians to locate any additional bones that may still be under water.

The CCSO is now reviewing three missing persons cases and looking into homeless camps in the area in an effort to identify the remains. The identification process could take several days, Aldrich said.

Processing of evidence should take the rest of Tuesday and CCSO anticipates finishing up Wednesday afternoon, Justino said.

Anyone with information about suspicious activity in the area is asked to contact the CCSO at 904-264-6512.


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