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Homicide detectives investigating after jogger finds human head near road in St. Pete

Posted at 8:32 AM, Jul 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-07 17:54:55-04

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Homicide detectives in St. Petersburg are investigating what they say appears to be the discovery of a human head after a jogger found the remains and called police.

The remains were found near the intersection of 38th Ave. S and 31st St. S. near the I-275 overpass.

The female runner called police around 7 a.m. Tuesday when she made the disturbing discovery.

The area is used by several drivers to cut to busy 34th Street South and police officers hope someone may have seen something suspicious while driving on 38th Avenue S.

The area where the remains were found does not have any surveillance cameras and is not in direct view of many homes or businesses, according to detectives.

Officers spent hours Tuesday looking in the wooded area around the overpass but did not find the rest of the body.

Ernest Lee lives in the neighborhood and says he was in disbelief Tuesday morning as the path he walks several times a week turned into a crime scene.

“I do a lot of walking and we have a whole community that walks around here so I’m surprised none of us came across it," Lee explained. “The whole neighborhood is concerned because that could be someone we know.”

Detectives say the woman who found the remains told police she jogs in the area often but did not see anything suspicious during her previous run in the same area over the weekend.

Rafael Lopez, a spokesperson for the St. Petersburg Police Department says it is too early to determine the gender, age or race of the remains. Lopez also said the head was decomposed and it is unknown how long the remains may have been present near the road.

“We do have a wooded area on both ends so although we are in the center of the city, it occurred in a pocket where it is pretty hard to determine if anyone saw anything at all," Lopez added. "We’re asking the public if they saw anything or were around this area in the last several days to give us a call.”

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