Human Remains Found Under Monticello ResidenceJun 6th, 2013 | By Submitted | Category: Crime, Front Page
BY FRAN HUNT
The Monticello Police Department (MPD) and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) are currently investigating a suspicious scene, in the city of Monticello, where human remains were found.
MPD reported that on Wednesday, June 5 they received a call concerning a welfare check (checking on the welfare of one who has not been heard of in some time) from the relative of an elderly woman. She was reported to live with her son, David Patronis, at 685 South Waukeenah Street.
When officers arrived at the residence, they found no one home. However, after beginning an investigation into her whereabouts, they were informed that the female had passed away in Tallahassee, last year. Upon further investigation, officers discovered that Social Security benefits were still being paid to the woman.
The MPD then obtained a search warrant for that address.
Officers were assisted by a local group of K-9 handlers, who specialize in human body recovery.
A K-9 team alerted on a crawl space in the rear of the residence. Officers entered the crawl space and discovered a decomposing human body. The body was too badly decomposed for immediate identification.
The MPD then contacted forensic assistance from FDLE to assist in the investigation. The area surrounding the residence was taped off as a possible crime scene. As of press time Thursday morning, the scene remained taped off, and the investigation continued.
MPD is currently searching for David Patronis and hold warrants for his arrest.
Patronis was last known to be operating a 1987 four-door gold Volvo Sedan, with the license plate number of ACE-M52. Anyone having contact with Patronis or knowing his whereabouts is asked to call the MPD at (850) 342-0150.
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