UPDATE May 21: The deceased individual located in a wooded lot behind the 200 block of Strawberry Lane has been positively identified as 46-year-old Philip Schultz of Holly Hill. Mr. Schultz had been reported as a missing person by his family on Saturday, May 18, 2019.
The Medical Examiner’s Office has not yet determine an exact cause of death, but no outward signs of foul play were noted
Holly Hill, FL – Police are saying that a foul smell in a wooded area started an investigation after officers found a body.
Holly Hill police say the body was located off of Strawberry Lane just before 6:30 last night (May 19th). Officers responded to the area after getting reports of a foul odor in the area.
The report says that due to the advanced stage of decomposition, the identity of the individual isn’t known at this time.
Investigators say that they’ll be working closely with the Volusia County Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the identity and the cause of death.
In addition to the decomposition, investigators also found signs of fire damage on the body, but the cause of the fire and if it contributed to the individual’s death will be determined later in the investigation.