MIAMI BEACH (CBSMiami) – An odd discovery of bones behind a Miami Beach water treatment plant has brought out crime scene investigators to the location.

Police tape is now up around the area where a skull and some other bones were found at Dickens Avenue near 75th Street. A construction crew working on a fence spotted them Wednesday and called police.

“I was scared,” said construction worker Lauro Ponce. “I saw part of the hair, ribs, and part of the legs, the bones and I was like ‘Wow.’ I was impacted because imagine it could be someone’s daughter or kid. So it was very touching.”

Ponce, who himself is a father, told CBS4 the find brought him to tears because he recalled that the skull seemed to be that of possibly a child.

Miami Beach Police said they believe the bones are human, but turned them over to the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner’s Office for an official determination.

“We’ll check cold cases. We’ll check missing persons and try to make any connection to close out a possible cast that may be open with similarities,” said Det. Vivian Hernandez of Miami Beach Police.

Residents in the area said the discovery was frightening for them.

“It’s scary,” said neighbor Elizabeth Clemente. “I have tears in my eyes like I’m scare and I live alone and it’s a scary thought.”

“It freaks me out; gives me the shivers, goose bumps,” said neighbor Ricardo Escobar.

Investigators had to put off their search Wednesday due to thunderstorms in the area.


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