Unidentified skeletal remains were found today off of U.S. 27 in northwestern Broward County, Florida. According to police, a tourist had stopped on the side of the road to urinate when he noticed discovered the remains next to an area of flattened grassland that caught his attention.
While no identification has been made, detectives from the Hallandale Beach Police Department immediately suspected that the remains may belong to Lynda Robin Meier who has been missing from their jurisdiction since June 4th.
However, given the condition of the remains, police suspect that the they may be too old to belong to Ms. Meier because she has only been missing for a few weeks.
To be sure, the Broward County Medical Examiner’s Office will be working with a forensic anthropologist to first determine the sex of the remains and then possibly make an identification using personally identifying features, such as dental records.
Contrary to what is portrayed on television, the identification of decomposed human remains is very difficult. This is especially so in tropical environments, like South Florida, that promote rapid decay. Given the location of the crime scene, investigators suspect the remains may have also been molested by wild animals.
Undoubtedly, detectives from all over the tri-county area are searching through their missing persons files to see if a link exists between the remains and any pending cases they may have.
Whether these remains prove to be Ms. Meier’s or another person, hopefully their discovery will result in the positive identification so that some missing person’s family can finally have closure.