Sarasota Medical Examiner: Human bones do not belong to missing teen

Sarasota, Fla. (970 WFLA)- The medical examiner in Sarasota says a skull and bone found Monday afternoon do not belong to 14-year-old Jabez Spann, missing since September.

The Sarasota Police Department says dental records were used to confirm that the remains are not Spann, though they were discovered along the 1900 block of Gillespie Avenue, in an area near where he lived. 

Children playing near a small body of water along Gillespie Avenue discovered the skull and femur bone.  The children told an adult who called 911.

The Sarasota Police Department Dive Team searched the area and collected evidence. Detectives with the Criminal Investigations Division and Crime Scene Technicians also collected and photographed evidence.

Around 7 Monday  night the District 12 Medical Examiner's Office confirmed the remains found were human.    After the announcement Latohya Jakes,  the aunt of Jabez Spann, who has been missing since September, said she has a feeling she wouldn't wish on her worst enemy.  The remains were found not far from where her 14-year-old nephew, was last seen six months ago.  The remains have not been identified, but Jakes says the feeling it could have been him had her nervous and scared. 

Investigators say it will still take several weeks to determine the race, sex or age of the individual.   

The investigation continues.

File Photo Credit: Sarasota Police

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