Skeletal remains found in clogged sewer pipe in Panama City

Nathan Cobb
Walton Sun

PANAMA CITY — Panama City underground utility crews discovered human skeletal remains near the intersection of 3rd Street and Gray Avenue around 9 a.m. on Wednesday.

According to Scott Ervin, chief of the Panama City Police Department, crews responded to the area Monday night to check out a sewer blockage.

As they were vacuuming out the sewer this morning, some of the debris broke loose and clogged the vacuum, Ervin added.

“(Crews) stopped the vacuum (and) discovered what appeared to be skeletal remains, he said. “At that point we contacted the medical examiner ... (who) took possession of the remains.”

The department has since received confirmation that the bones are human. The area, located across the street from the Millville Cemetery, is being treated as a crime scene. Ervin added that he had reason to believe the remains are connected to the cemetery, which is maintained by the city, but said the investigation is ongoing.

“The remains, by appearance, have been in there for some time,” Ervin said. We don’t know if this is a storm-related incident (from Hurricane Michael) or what at this point.“