WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (970 WFLA) – Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd says skeletal remains that were found near Lakeland in September have been positively identified as 35 year old Mary Elizabeth Rhodes of Lakeland.

Judd says Rhodes was reported missing by her sister in April of 2012. He did not release a cause of death, but said it appeared suspicious.  

The Polk County Sheriff's Office is conducting a suspicious death investigation.  If anyone has information on Rhodes' disappearance or death, they are asked to contact the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

PCSO says a human skull and bones the bones were found on Sept. 17, 2013, by a man looking for scrap metal on North Wabash Avenue in Lakeland, between Memorial Blvd. and Crutchfield Road.

Photo Credit Polk County Sheriff's Office/Carrie Eleazor