Skeletal remains discovered in Pompano Beach field

POMPANO BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - Authorities are investigating after, they said, a badly decomposed body was discovered in Pompano Beach, Friday morning.

7SkyForce HD hovered over the empty field, near 3000 W. Copans Road, where the skeletal remains were found, just after 11:30 a.m. The area is a warehouse district and is located near a FedEx building.

According to investigators, Fort Lauderdale Police received a tip that someone who possibly went missing in Fort Lauderdale back in December could be in the field. Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the scene and made the grisly discovery.

Authorities were seen retrieving brown bags from a wooded area and going back in with shovels to gather as much evidence as possible.

An onlooker said he’s astounded police were able to locate the remains. “It seems strange to me because, well, how would you find the body? How would anybody have found it?” he said. “Who would have been back there. How would you discover a body like that?”

Deputies have not been able to identify whether the body is male or female. The Medical Examiner’s Office later arrived at the scene to determine the body’s gender, as well as whether the death was a homicide or the person died of natural causes.

Investigators said the field is located near a homeless shelter, and homeless people are known to frequent the area.

BSO deputies have shut down Copans Road near the field while they continue to investigate alongside Fort Lauderdale Police.

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