Police digging behind Northwest Miami-Dade home connected to missing persons case

NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - Miami-Dade Police were spotted excavating behind a Northwest Miami-Dade home, Tuesday afternoon, which a detective said is related to a missing persons case.

According to police, homicide investigators are at the scene following up on a tip regarding a missing persons case that dates back to 1982.

“Missing persons case from 1982,” said Miami-Dade Police Dept. Det. Robin Pinkard. “According to our investigators, they have been receiving continuous leads throughout the year on this missing persons case, which has led us to the residence behind us.”

Officials did not specify who or what they are looking for but said nothing turned up during their search.

Miami-Dade Homicide detectives, Miami-Dade public works and the State Attorney’s Office have all been on the scene for several hours, Tuesday afternoon.

Police were seen by 7SkyForce HD in a community called Lakes of Acadia at 19477 N.W. 54th Place.

A family currently lives at the residence, but MDPD told 7News that they do not believe the family has any connection with the case.

A 7News viewer reported seeing a Bobcat and X-ray machine at the scene.

A neighbor said he saw the scene early Tuesday morning. “I live right in this corner lot, right here. When I got up this morning and I came, and I saw some detectives over there,” said neighbor Terry O’Brien. “I could see they were detectives cause they had their guns holstered, and after that, I just went to work.”

Officials continued to work throughout the day and brought out heavy duty tools to dig up part of the landscape at the front of the house. MDPD said that those on scene will stop working on the project for the day to continue their work Wednesday. Law enforcement is expected to monitor the active crime scene throughout the night.

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