- Associated Press - Saturday, May 24, 2014

OCALA, Fla. (AP) - Central Florida authorities say they may have found the remains of a man who was last seen in 2000.

Marion County Sheriff’s officials say someone has continued to collect and cash Jerry Christilaw’s Social Security checks. He was in his early 70s when he was last seen.

Maj. Tommy Bibb tells the Ocala Star-Banner (https://bit.ly/1ngbISW ) that authorities believe the remains found this week in the backyard of Christilaw’s former mobile home belong to the missing man. The medical examiner has yet to determine a cause of death.

Authorities believe Christilaw may have died during a domestic dispute. A missing persons report was never filed.

Bibb says detectives will be meeting with prosecutors about the case. The sheriff’s office also said federal authorities are investigating who might have cashed Christilaw’s checks.


Information from: Ocala (Fla.) Star-Banner, https://www.starbanner.com/

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