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COLLIER COUNTY — The Collier County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the discovery of human remains in a wooded area in North Naples.
On Thursday, details remained vague as to the identity of the deceased or the cause of death.
The remains were found in a densely vegetated preserve area south of Immokalee Road between Interstate 75 and Livingston Road. They were initially discovered early Wednesday evening by someone who was walking through woods, Roberts said.
The discovery was called in and deputies responded around 5 p.m. Wednesday. A crime scene unit van remained on scene Thursday afternoon before the Sheriff’s Office confirmed the remains, which were found with clothes, belonged to a person.
“It’s definitely human remains,” said Capt. Chris Roberts, of the Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Division.
The investigation is at this point being labeled a “death investigation,” not a criminal one, said Natalie Felber, a spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Office.
Roberts said it’s still too soon to identify the person’s age or sex.
Additionally, deputies could not give details on how long the remains had been in the woods.
The scene of the discovery was at least 100 yards deep in the woods.
Though investigators spent most of the day at the scene, they will still have to wait for lab results to come back before concluding the death investigation, Roberts said.
Felber could not provide a time frame for how long lab results could take.
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