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Police Investigating 2 Bodies Found Near Prime Osborn Center

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Police are trying to identify two bodies found Wednesday night in a wooded area off of Harper Street near Myrtle Avenue in Jacksonville's Mixon Town area.

The crime scene is located near the intersection of S. Myrtle Street not far from the Prime Osborn Convention Center.

According to officers, neighbors contacted police about a foul odor in the area and they arrived just before 7 p.m. to find the bodies, one male and one female.

Police were back out on the scene Thursday gathering more evidence. Police say the bodies were so decomposed that they could not determine the race of the victims.

"Foul play is suspected, definitely, but that's all I want to say about the details at this time," said JSO Homicide Lt. Rob Schoonover.

The bodies had been in the woods for about a week investigators said. 

But family members at the scene told First Coast News they know the bodies found are those of Jeanetta Hawkins-Williams and Ricky Morgan.  They held an impromptu candlelight vigil in memory of their loved ones.

The  married couple had been missing since last Monday, and police even held a news conference Friday asking for the public's help in finding them. They had been married about five months.

"I'm just hoping and praying that it's not my niece. I can't take it. It is probably her. I just can't take it," said Gerald Martin, Hawkins' uncle.

The missing couple rented a house on Woolery Drive in Arlington. Their landlord, Sheny Graham,  told First Coast News Thursday afternoon she was shocked to learn that her tenant was likely dead.

She had rented to Williams-Hawkins for about 6 months. "I was shocked to hear this. I was also unaware she was married , she had not told me she had someone else in the house, which was fine, but I would have liked to have known," said Graham.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office tells First Coast News that Willaims-Hawkins had been arrested in April on multiple charges of possessing and selling cocaine and methamphetamines,  and also altering a firearm identification number. Police won't speculate if this had anything to do with the missing person case.


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