Human remains found in Charlotte County tree

CREATED Jan. 16, 2014

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PUNTA GORDA - The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office is investigating human remains located in the Pirate Harbor area last Friday. 

According to Sheriff's Office, the new owners of a property on the 24000 block of Jolly Roger Blvd. were having the brush cleared from the lot next door. 

The workers clearing the lot discovered a wallet in the brush. Upon further investigation the owner found what appeared to be human remains and a rope hanging from a tree. 

The wallet contained the identification of 23-year-old Danny Mordenti who went missing in May of 2008.

Mordenti had recently had some trouble with the law and was expected to meet with probation officers a few days after he disappeared.

At the time of his disappearance from his grandmother's house on Jolly Roger Blvd. a search of the area was conducted using K9s and a helicopter with no results. 

Positive identification of the skeletal remains is pending the results of the Medical Examiner's Office investigation.