A skull brought into a Publix in Florida this week has people getting spooked this Halloween season. While many shoppers initially thought the skull carried by a homeless man was just a prop, police investigators have since discovered that the grisly artifact is in fact a real life human skull. One witness to the unanticipated visitor mentioned the item even smelled “like death.” DB Techno News reports this Saturday, October 10, 2015, that the unusual mystery brought right into the popular southern shopping center has raised many questions among investigators and Halloween enthusiasts alike.
Things aren’t always as they appear. Talk about a strange way to get the month of October underway for residents in Indian River County. According to a statement provided by the local Sheriff’s Office, law enforcement officials are looking into a homeless man recently bringing in a human skull into a Roseland Publix store. Yet this visitor was not simply carrying the remains of a human head to shop; he needed immediate help. Shortly after arriving in the parking lot of Riverwalk Plaza, the man spoke to an employee, requesting that local authorities be notified immediately of a shocking find. He had just discovered a disjointed skeleton in the thicket over the road.
According to News Oxy, one of the witnesses in the Publix said that the skull only looked like a prop from far away. One person who had come up close to the bones alleged that they “smelled like death.” Nick Pecoraro shared to WPBF News that there was no denying the skull had once belonged to a human, and that it came as a definite and grisly shock to shoppers in the store at the time. Pecoraro also added that he had made an emergency phone call to 911 after learning of the homeless man’s alarming story.
“He was using it as a puppet,” he said. “It smelled like death … It’s definitely a human skull; it’s still got teeth in it. I’m standing in front of it, but I’m not touching [the bones].”
Central Florida police have already begun to investigate the mystery surrounding this so-called Publix skull. Two law enforcement officers had soon searched the thicket from across the Riverwalk Plaza, and did indeed find the skeletal remains the man had spoken of in his account. The bones were reported to have been disturbed recently, likely by scavenging animals. There has been no confirmation at this time regarding how long the skeletal remains might have been there.
The press release also mentioned that homeless individuals have been known to temporarily stay in the nearby woods in the area. People who have passed through were said to have provided deputies with pertinent regarding the potential identity of the deceased individual earlier in the week. An investigation is ongoing.
As of Saturday afternoon, police officers have not released any details confirming whether they know whom the skull belonged to yet, or how the person might have died. If anything, it is an unnerving way for some Publix store shoppers to have come across real human remains and an unexpected link to this Halloween season.