Remains ID'd as SW Fla. man missing since 2008

Skull found
Posted at 1:36 PM, Jan 27, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-27 13:36:00-05

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. (AP) - Authorities have identified the skeletal remains found in a Punta Gorda yard being cleared by new residents.

The remains belong to Danny Paul Mordeni, who was reported missing in May 2008.

Earlier this month, workers clearing a lot beside a home in Punta Gorda found a wallet in the brush that contained Mordeni's identification.

The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office says the new owner of the property looked further into the underbrush and found the remains and a rope hanging from a tree.

Dental records were used to identify Mordeni.

Officials say he was 23 when his grandmother reported him missing.

No further details were immediately available.