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Portable toilet explodes with Florida woman inside, killing her instantly. Police say she’s ‘unrecognizable’

A Florida woman is dead after a portable toilet exploded while she was inside. Authorities are trying to figure out who she is and what happened to make the toilet explode.

CBS 47 reports that the incident occurred at the 500 block of Horseshoe Road in St. Augustine, at around 7 a.m. on Saturday morning. Witnesses said that the “porta-potty” was sitting in front of a residence undergoing construction work. The homeowner said no work was scheduled to be done on that morning.

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UPDATE: Regarding today’s discovery of human remains contained within a portable toilet, detectives believe the decedent…

Posted by St. Johns County Sheriff's Office on Saturday, September 28, 2019

 

Authorities are still working to determine the woman’s identity. She was burned too severely to make an identification, the Florida Times-Union reports, but a medical examiner determined that the victim was likely a white female.

St. Johns Sheriff’s Office spokesman Chuck Mulligan said that they have yet to receive any missing person reports recently about a woman in the area.

“At this time, we have not received an missing persons reports that may coincide with this incident. We are asking anyone who may have a family member or friend, who has not been heard from and may be missing, to contact the St. John’s County Sheriff’s Office and ask for the Major Crimes Unit.”

Detectives aren’t sure yet how the explosion happened but speculated it could have been anything from a suicide to a medical issue or drug use. Someone also could have been smoking inside, igniting the methane gas.

“A person could have gone in there and the methane gas could have ignited somehow … it might have been a suicide or something more nefarious. We just don’t know at this juncture,” Mulligan said.

The story is developing. Anyone with any information is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit at 904-824-8304.

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