Human remains found near I-4 in DeLand

Police term death suspicious


DeLAND, Fla. – An off-roader discovered human remains near Interstate 4 in Volusia County, police said, and authorities are investigating the death as a possible homicide.

The remains were found around 11 p.m. Saturday on Summit Avenue and McKenzie Road in DeLand.

“It was in an area that may not readily have been noticeable at one point but then because of changing weather conditions, it came visible," DeLand Police Chief Jason Umberger said.

According to DeLand police, it’s believed the remains are that of a white man. Police said the death is suspicious due to the decomposition of the body and other evidence at the scene.

“It’s a suspicious death and we are operating on the assumption that this is a homicide based on some of the things that were found around the scene and around the body and the condition of the body," Umberger said.

An autopsy will determine the cause of death.

“We really don’t know how long it was there," Umberger said. "We’re kind of hoping that the medical examiner can give us more of a time frame.”

No other details have been released.

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