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Tampa police: Human bones found off Rowlett Park Drive


Published:   |   Updated: December 23, 2013 at 04:18 PM

The Hillsborough County Medical Examiner has determined the bones found off Rowlett Park Drive on Monday morning are human, though no other information was released.

USF anthropologists and Tampa police were at the scene Monday after a homeless man found the bones in the woods west of the railroad tracks that run alongside Rowlett Park Road just north of Sligh Avenue.

Police and forensic scientists searched the area north of Sligh Avenue between the tracks and 22nd Street to the west, north of the Tampa Electric maintenance yard.

Officers discovered several bones that later were confirmed to be human.

It remained unclear whether a crime had taken place, police say.

“There are no obvious signs of ... foul play,” said Tampa police spokeswoman Andrea Davis. She said the medical examiner’s office will continue its testing.

“It could be days or weeks before information is available,” she said.

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