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Mystery of Pasco bones may unfold slowly

HUDSON — It will be at least a few weeks before the story behind a box of human bones found on the property of a deceased eccentric will begin to unfold, said Doug Tobin, a spokesman for the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

On Friday, nephews of Otto Ullrich made the surprising find as they cleaned out a shed at 13029 Buoy Court in Hudson. Ullrich — who was not poor but lived as though he was by doing such things as bathing in a canal behind his home and bicycling miles to find scrap metal — died last year at 81. His nephews inherited his properties.

The medical examiner's office is working to determine whether there is more than one set of human remains, their age and their gender. Tobin said none of Ullrich's close relatives are missing, which would be one sign of foul play. The bones, he said, could be 100 years old. "We don't know at this point," he said. "It's still a mystery."

Saturday afternoon, Ullrich's nephews, Ralph Schwab and William Schwab Jr., came back to the house for one last time. The house where the bones were found was a rental Ullrich owned. His primary residence was a few miles away, also in Hudson. The Schwabs cleaned both of them out, so they can be sold. Neither wanted to talk at length for this story but said they were surprised at the find, which had been the last box they opened after clearing out their uncle's shed. They don't suspect foul play.

The sun was still strong Saturday as they hefted the last few boxes from the home they hadn't been to since 1989 and probably won't see again. But, until trash day, the curb will still have a touch of Ullrich, as there are at least a few dozen rusted folding lawn chairs waiting to be hauled away.

Mystery of Pasco bones may unfold slowly 07/05/08 [Last modified: Saturday, July 5, 2008 10:59pm]
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