LAKELAND, Florida - A man searching for scrap metal along a rural Lakeland roadway said it was an ordinary day.

"That's what I do," said the man, who asked to only be identified as "John." "I go in the woods all the time, I run across snakes, all kinds a crazy things."

But John said just before 9:00 a.m. Tuesday morning he found something he immediately recognized as suspicious -- what appeared to be human skeletal remains.

"It's a tragedy, you know. You find something like that, you don't know what it is or what it's about. You know it's crazy."

Polk detectives arrived on scene and conformed John's suspicion.

"We investigate all deaths as if they're homicides," said Polk Sheriff Grady Judd. "We are doing this investigation as seriously as it can possibly be done."

Lanard Graham lives right down the street. "From the look of it, I knew it was something that was serious," said Graham, who wonders how a human skeleton ended up 15 feet off the side of the road he lives on. "You never know. It's a crazy world out there. You got crazy people out there. I guess it's just a sign of the times."

The Polk County medical examiner is also trying to figure out who the person was and how they died. They do believe the remains were those of an adult. Anyone with information on this case asked to call the Polk County Sheriff's Office or Crime Stoppers at 800-226-8477.

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