Human remains at Florida construction site could be ‘very old’


The remains – including a lower jawbone – were found on April 12 at a construction site in Fernandina Beach, according to the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office.

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A mystery has been uncovered at a construction site in Florida involving a suspicious collection of bones that turned out to be human.

The remains – including a lower jawbone – were found around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 12 at a construction site on Bonnieview Road in Fernandina Beach, according to the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office. Fernandina Beach is about 35 miles northeast of downtown Jacksonville.

“Construction workers have dug up what appear to be human bones,” the sheriff’s office wrote on Facebook. “It looks like the bones have been there for a long time.”

A medical examiner has confirmed the bones are human, the sheriff’s office reported April 14.

“The Nassau County Sheriff’s Office believe these are very old bones and they brought in an anthropologist from Florida Gulf Coast University to study them and help determine who died, how they died, and how long ago this individual may have been deceased,” the sheriff’s office said.

“Once these bones have been analyzed, we will be able to provide an update to the public.”

The possibilities could be historical in nature. Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island has a dramatic past that includes periods under the control of the indigenous Timucuan people, Spanish and French explorers, British settlers and pirates.

It is suspected that the first North Americans to live on the island settled there around the year 1000, according to Exploring Florida.

“The first recorded European visitor to the island was a French Huguenot explorer who arrived in 1562, but the Spanish invaded three years later and established a mission on the island which they called Isla de Santa Maria”, explains Visit Florida.

“The island came into British possession in 1763, with the Treaty of Paris; then, 20 years later, the second treaty of Paris retroceded it to Spain. The town of Fernandina was traced in 1811 and named after King Ferdinand VII of Spain.

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