Lee County sheriff's investigators have been unable to identify the body found in woods Wednesday afternoon along the Lee-Collier county border, according to an incident report.
Skeletal remains of an unknown person were discovered at about 4:35 p.m. by a Bonita Springs man walking his dog near Channel 30 Drive and Old U.S. 41, the report said.
No information is provided about the sex or age of the person found. Foul play is not suspected.
Human remains were discovered Wednesday in a wooded area along Old U.S. 41 near the Collier-Lee county line, Lee County sheriff’s officials said.
Deputies received a call about the body at about 4:45 p.m., Lee County sheriff’s Sgt. David Velez said. An identity was not available Wednesday night.
Investigators roped off the woods on the south side of Old U.S. 41, between Channel 30 Drive and a “Welcome to Bonita Springs” sign.” It wasn’t immediately clear how long the body had been in the area.
There isn’t believed to be a threat to the community, Velez said.
Roger Hoffman, part-time manager of ACE Storage, located next to the scene, said he spoke with investigators who shared a few clues — that a decomposed body had been discovered, with cans and a heavy jacket nearby.
“From what I understand, it looked as though somebody had been there in terms of the soda cans and beer cans in that area,” Hoffman said. “It would indicate to me that it wasn’t just a body dumped or a body killed.”
Train tracks run through the wooded area cordoned by investigators, and Hoffman said bikers and walkers often can be seen alongside the tracks. But Hoffman has seen few people inside the dense trees where detectives searched.
“It’s a secluded part of the woods,” Hoffman said. “The local people don’t cut through that part of the woods, so that’s probably why it was undiscovered for a long time, but we don’t know yet whether it was a natural cause of death or homicide or suicide.”