Human remains found in Suwannee County identified as 61-year-old woman

Posted at 12:45 PM, Nov 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-19 21:19:44-05

MCALPIN, Fla. (WTXL) - Human remains that were discovered at a home in McAlpin, Suwannee County back in June have been identified.   

The Suwannee County Sheriff's Office said the District Two Medical Examiner’s Office along with the C.A. Pound Human Identification Laboratory at the University of Florida have identified the human remains found on June 24, 2018 at a home in the 19200 block of 77th Road as 61-year-old Deborah Pittman. 

According to SCSO, Pittman, the previous owner of the home, lived alone and was estranged from her family at the time of her death. 

Her closest next of kin told deputies that it was not unusual for Deborah to go up to a year or more without contacting them. 

Investigative efforts revealed that Deborah was last confirmed alive in  December 2015 when she paid her electric bill. In January 2016, her electricity was disconnected for non-payment. 

Her property was eventually sold through a tax deed sale to a Canadian investment firm in December 2017, who ultimately resold it in January 2018 to its current owner.  

According to Medical Examiner’s reports, there were no signs of trauma on Deborah’s remains, and her cause of death was unable to be determined.

If anyone has any information regarding Ms. Pittman, please contact SCSO at 386-362-2222.

MCALPIN, Fla. (WTXL) - A search is underway after human remains were discovered in McAlpin, Suwannee County.

The Suwanee County sheriffs office got a call at 6 on Sunday after a resident found what she thought was a human skull just outside her property.

We spent the day with the search team.

Right now, deputies say they have more questions than answers. Sheriff Sam St. John estimates the skull is at least a year old.

During Sunday night and Monday’s searches, deputies discovered what they believe to be two human bones.

The skull and two bones were spread out, but within several hundred feet of each other. One bone was found on a resident's property. The other two were found just outside it.

Sheriff St. John says they are investigating whether these remains are connected to Kamrie Mitchell. Mitchell went missing in 2012.

“From where were at and where her car was found at was very close proximity, probably about five or 6 miles away," said Sheriff St. John. "So naturally that’s going to be our focus.”

The sheriff's office is sending the bones to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Tuesday morning so start testing for DNA.

The resident who found the skull bought the house three months ago and is not a suspect in this case.

Sheriff St John says, they have yet to get in contact with the former homeowner. He says, there’s a possibility the remains belong to the former owner, who lived alone.

At this time, deputies are following leads as they wait for the autopsy results.

MCALPIN, Fla. (WTXL) - The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating after years old human remains were discovered in a wooded area in Suwannee County. 

Deputies say the human remains were discovered on Sunday in a wooded area in the 19200 block of 77th Road in McAlpin.

They say they got a call from a visitor who was visiting a friend who lived nearby. 

When deputies went down there, they found a human skull and another type of human bone in two different spots just a few hundred yards apart. Deputies note the remains appeared to have been there for several years.

SCSO called then FDLE, who processed the two areas. 

The remains have been sent to the medical examiner's office to see if any DNA can be extracted.

Investigators with the Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the FDLE, will be in the area throughout the day searching the surrounding area.