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Police: Human Remains Found In Grave Outside Man’s Home

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Booking photo of Juan Reyes. (credit: Charlotte County Sheriff's Office)

Booking photo of Juan Reyes. (credit: Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office)

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PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (CBS Tampa/AP) — A southwest Florida man has been charged with first-degree murder after detectives uncovered human remains in a grave dug outside a Port Charlotte home.

The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office says the victim’s caretaker called detectives Saturday to say she was concerned about the man’s wellbeing. The caretaker had been out of town for a few days and became worried after speaking with her ex-boyfriend, Juan Reyes.

Deputies went to the home and noticed freshly raked soil in the yard along the side of the property, and discovered the remains of a white male underground.

The body has been taken to the medical examiner’s office for identification and to determine cause of death. An autopsy was scheduled for Monday.

Reyes lived at the home with the man and his caretaker. He is being held without bond. He is scheduled to be arraigned on June 18.

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