MIAMI BEACH (CBSMiami) – Miami Beach police have confirmed remains found at a water treatment plant week are human.

A construction worker discovered a skull and bones at the Dickens Avenue plant near 75th Street on Wednesday, May 9th.

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“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.

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Police sent the remains to the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner’s Office for testing.

The Medical Examiner has not released information on the sex, race, or age of the bones.

Police will now check missing persons’ reports to try to identify the remains.

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