November 16, 2016
Santa Rosa County – The human remains discovered by a work crew on October 28, 2016 have been identified as those of a man that was reported missing on November 27, 2015.
According to a news release from the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office, the State Medical Examiners Office has positively identified the remains as those of Steven Mitchell Swiney, 47 years of age.
Swiney, who had health issues, was last seen in late November when he told a relative he was going out for cigarettes.
According the Medical Examiner’s Office, there were no indications of foul play.Original Story
Human Remains Found by Work Crew on Interstate 10 in Santa Rosa County
October 30, 2016
Work crews performing work on Interstate 10 approximately .3 mile west of exit 26 located what they believed to be human remains on Friday evening. These remains were in a wooded area adjacent to the fence line.
Santa Rosa Deputies were contacted and confirmed the remains were human. They were skeletonized and there was no indication of the demographics or identity.
Investigators from the Sheriff’s Office arrived on scene at approximately 1711 hours and conducted a preliminary examination of the scene. Due to the onset of darkness, the scene was secured and investigators resumed their investigation Saturday morning.
Investigators from the SRSO as well as the Medical Examiner’s office were on scene Saturday throughout the evening. “There is currently no evidence to suggest a cause or manner of death”, the news release said. According to investigators it would appear that the remains has been there for some time.
Investigators have recovered an identification card at the scene that they believe is likely that of the decedent. Information pertaining to the identity will not be released until positive identification can be made. There is still no indication of the cause or manner of death as of this time.