Telecom crew discovers human bones in Ruskin

By Times Staff
Published March 21, 2006

TAMPA - A crew installing fiber optic cables in Ruskin discovered skeletal human remains that appeared to have been buried for many years.

At 11:07 a.m. Monday, workers for Southern Communications Co. were digging at 12th Street NE and U.S. 41 N and saw the bones, said Hillsborough sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter.

The remains looked "bleached," Carter said, leading detectives to suspect that they were buried long ago.

The Hillsborough medical examiner took the bones and will try to determine an identity.

Meanwhile, Hillsborough detectives were awaiting the results of DNA tests to confirm the identity of skeletal remains found March 6 in the front seat of a long-submerged Cadillac.

Investigators think the remains, pulled from a pond at Lake Carlton Arms apartments in northwest Hillsborough, are those of a man reported missing in 1993.

The man was last seen leaving a liquor store near the apartment complex after a clerk refused to sell him alcohol.

Authorities say alcohol had role in train death

TAMPA - Alcohol likely factored into the death of a Brandon man who was struck by a train overnight, sheriff's officials said Monday.

Shortly before 9 a.m. Monday, a CSX railroad employee discovered the body of Darrell Sanders, 35, lying next to the railroad tracks at Parsons Avenue south of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Hillsborough sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter said.

Sanders' sister told investigators that he had been drinking late Sunday, and sheriff's detectives think he was hit by the train sometime overnight, Carter said.