Friday, June 05, 2009
PUBLIC INFORMATION ANNOUNCEMENT
June 5, 2009
Investigation in Keystone Area
Detectives from the Clay County Sheriff’s Office Robbery-Homicide Unit are investigating a tip that a homicide occurred twenty-eight years ago at a location in Keystone Heights. According to the tip, a man was killed and buried on a property in the 4700 block of Montana Trail in Keystone Heights. According to CCSO records, no one ever reported the alleged victim missing or reported his death to any officials. We are not at liberty to divulge at this time the names of any of the persons involved. The Clay County Sheriff’s Office is working closely with the State Attorneys Office to maintain the integrity of this investigation.
Recently, a person came forward with information about a death and an investigation began that includes a search of the Montana Trail property. No one involved with the original incident remains in that area. The mobile home on the site of the suspected incident has been moved and replaced multiple times in the past twenty-eight years and the current residents are not in any way related to the investigation.
The attempt to locate a body that has been buried for twenty-eight years involved this week specialized equipment both large and small. From bulldozers to hand-held shovels, CCSO personnel are working to excavate portions of the 10-acre property to determine if someone is buried there. In addition, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) spent two days this week at the site assisting CCSO personnel. Their involvement also included the use of a highly-trained cadaver dog.
At this time, detectives have not uncovered any physical evidence and they continue their work at the site. A follow up release will be made if/when there is updated information or developments.