Detectives in Florida have found additional human remains buried in a shallow just hours after identifying body parts found on Thursday on the banks of a canal.
On Friday, Martin County Sheriff’s Office Detectives continued to search Hungryland Preserve after an FWC Officer found what appears to be a shallow grave with human remains.
Detectives say the arm, hand, and part of a leg found Thursday near a gator-infested canal are believed to be that of 42-year old Dustin Davis Mills of St. Lucie County.
The medical examiner was able to obtain fingerprints from the victim’s hand which was located near a large alligator that was guarding the body part.
A second body part was located on the bank of a different canal about one mile from the first location. Detectives, the MCFR Dive Team, and FWC Officers spent the day combing hundreds of acres of preserve land searching for the remainder of Mills’ body.
Detectives suspect that Mills was the victim of a homicide. The body parts did show evidence of being removed with a sharp instrument.
Dustin Mills served time in prison for multiple crimes including manufacturing, sale, and delivery of marijuana, trafficking in illegal substances, resisting arrest with violence, and battery on law enforcement or firefighter.
He was released from the Department of Corrections on February 2020 and has not had a permanent address since that release.
If you have any information about Mills or this crime, you are asked to call the Martin County Sheriff’s Office at 772-220-7000.