A skull found near a Fleming Island shopping center Sunday appears to be that of an adult and has a watermark on it, suggesting it may have been in some water in the field where it was found, according to the Clay County Sheriff's Office.
Dozens of Clay County detectives returned Monday to the field beside the Kohl's department store on East-West Parkway off County Road 220 after children walking through the area spotted the skull and jawbone Sunday.
Detectives who were doing grid searches of the field on Monday told Channel 4 there was dental work on the teeth, and the remains will likely be identified through dental records. Detectives and cadaver dogs will likely continue to search the field through Tuesday.
Investigators said there were no obvious signs of trauma to the remains. They said identifying them could take a while because they don't know who they're looking for.
Detectives said the area is not one know for homeless to frequent.
Some Fleming Island residents went to the scene Sunday to try and learn more information. Many said they are feeling uneasy in a usually quiet and safe neighborhood.
"If it's just a skull. I'm hoping it's possibly old and maybe the kids back there who found it dug it up," Fleming Island resident Linda Papagna said. "I'm hoping that there's no foul play or anything happened to anybody. This is Fleming Island and it's very quiet here. I hope it stays that way."