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Decomposed human head discovered in St. Petersburg

The jogger discovered the head on the side of 38th Avenue S west of 31st Street S, according to St. Petersburg police.

ST. PETERSBURG — A human head was discovered Tuesday morning, launching a police investigation.

A jogger discovered the head at about 7 a.m. on the side of 38th Avenue S west of 31st Street S, according to St. Petersburg police. The head was found in a grassy area between the sidewalk and the southern edge of the road, just west of the Interstate 275 overpass.

The head was too decomposed for investigators to determine the person’s gender or race, said police spokeswoman Yolanda Fernandez.

“A lot of people might have thought it was just an animal but she perceived it really did look like a human,” Fernandez said.

The head will be turned over to the Medical Examiner Office’s for further investigation.

Homicide detectives were combing the area for more human remains and other clues, Fernandez said. It’s unclear how long the head had been there. The jogger told police the head was not there when she passed by the area on Sunday, but she did not jog through the area on Monday.

Investigators asked anyone who might have information about this case to call the St. Petersburg Police Department at (727) 893-7780.

St. Petersburg police are investigating the discovery of a human head near the intersection of 38th Avenue S and 31st Street S on Tuesday morning. [ Google Maps ]

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