TALLAHASSEE, FLa. — The Tallahassee Police Department has stated that the human remains found Monday near Apalachee Parkway are believed to be Jason Winoker.
TPD said just before 3 p.m., a group of individuals discovered skeletal remains in the area of the 2600 block of Apalachee Parkway.
The individuals immediately notified law enforcement, according to TPD.
According to TPD spokesperson Alicia Hill, the three individuals found the remains while searching for artifacts in the woods as a hobby.
The location where the remains were found is less than half a mile from where Winoker went missing.
Winoker was last seen on August 17, 2021 in the area of the 1300 block of Executive Center Drive.
According to Winoker's family, he was staying in Springhill Suites off Apalachee Parkway and walked out of his hotel room at 1 a.m. on the morning of August 17. He was in Tallahassee dropping off his daughter at college.
Hill said a search was initiated at that time in the wooded area where his remains were found but he was not located.
She hopes this can provide some closure to the family.