Human remains found in backyard of Selberg Lane home, deputies say

Autopsy to determine cause of death
human remains found in backyard of Selberg Lane home
Posted at 6:46 PM, Nov 04, 2021

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office is investigating after human remains were found Thursday morning in the backyard of a home near Lake Worth Beach.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Teri Barbera said the cold case squad received information about possible human remains buried in the backyard of a home located in the 400 block of Selberg Lane.

Detectives obtained a search warrant to search the property and, with the assistance of graduate anthropologist students from Florida Gulf Coast University, the human remains were located.

Barbera said the human remains were collected and taken to the medical examiner's office.

"There was a big RV with a pull-out, there was the coroner, medical examiner, rows going this way and going that way full of undercover, in patrol marked cars," Tina Podhurst said.

She described what she saw as the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office flooded her neighborhood.

"I sleep here at night, and to know that there were somebody buried two houses down, it's scary," she said.

But Podhurst's daughter said the situation has her rethinking things.

"I didn't know it was to be like that, like a dead body," Victoria Marlin said. "That's scary."

An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

Barbera said detectives are in the very preliminary stages of the investigation.

If you have any information regarding the 2007 crimes with ties to the Town Center at Boca Raton, call Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County at 800-458-TIPS. Tipsters could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. You can remain anonymous.

You can also contact the detectives assigned to these cold cases using the information below:

Detective Scott Hanley
Boca Raton Police Department

Detective William Springer
Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office