SPRING HILL, Fla. (970 WFLA) – Hernando County deputies say human remains found inside a home were mistaken for a mannequin and taken to a Hernando landfill.
Deputies say workers at the West Hernando Transfer Station located at 2525 Osowaw Boulevard in Spring Hill called the sheriff’s office Thursday just before noon saying that they had possibly located human remains in one of the bins on site. When deputies arrived, officials say they determined the remains appeared to be human.
Once the man who originally dumped the remains returned to drop off another load of garbage, deputies say they questioned the driver. Deputies say the driver told them he and a friend were hired to clean out a vacant house on Treehaven Drive in Spring Hill and found what they both believed to be a mannequin hanging in the garage. Deputies say both individuals as well as the property owners believed the lifelike mannequin was a distasteful "halloween-like" hoax left by the former renters so they cut the mannequin down, placed it on top of a pile of garbage in the back of the pick-up truck, and proceeded to the landfill, deputies said.
Deputies say the investigation revealed that the human remains were that of 33-year-old Jeremy Witfoth. According to Hernando officials, all indications are that Witfoth took his own life by hanging sometime within the last several weeks and his body was in a state of decomposition similar to mummification.
Deputies say the two movers as well as the property owners advised they thought the body hanging was that of a mannequin and had no idea that it was a human.