Police May Have Lead On Human Remains

By: Morgan Kyrklund, Tiffany Huertas Email
By: Morgan Kyrklund, Tiffany Huertas Email
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PANAMA CITY BEACH-- UPDATE Thursday, 5:40 p.m.:

Panama City Beach Police have a lead on the remains found earlier this week in a vacant lot.

Evidence suggests it could be Michael Lane, a man who's been missing since 2010.

A Panama City Beach police report says items belonging to 48-year old Michael Allen Lane were found near the remains including a wallet with his military I.D., a bag with his clothes and personal photographs.

Lane was last seen July 1, 2010. He was living in the beaches area with his girlfriend. She was the one who reported him missing.

Police say a contractor was clearing a wooded lot near Back Beach Road and Fernwood Street around 2 p.m. Tuesday when he found the bones.

Authorities say the only thing left of the body was the bones. They believe the remains had been on the property for quite some time.

The bones were taken to the medical examiner but so far no word on cause of death.

Beach Police Chief Drew Whitman says he expects to get the results from the medical office sooner than thought, possibly in the next few days.

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The Medical Examiner's Office is now leading the effort to identify a set of human remains uncovered in Panama City Beach.

A contractor, clearing a lot near the corner of Back Beach Road and Fernwood Street discovered the remains about 2:00 Tuesday afternoon.

Authorities say the only thing left of the body itself was the bones. They believe it had been on the property for quite some time.

Beach Police and Bay County Sheriff's investigators collected evidence from the scene until 8:30 Tuesday night, then turned it over to the Medical Examiner's Office.

"We were all expecting a little bit longer, but once they got in there and they started clearing out the debris and everything...everything was in a smaller contained area than we thought. They shifted through the sand and the debris out there and recovered everything we possibly could," Panama City Beach Police Chief Drew Whitman said.

Investigators believe the autopsy results will eventuality help them answer a lot of questions, like the identity of the victim, the cause of death, and how long ago they died. But Whitman says that could be a long slow process.


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