Body of area man found burned in fire pit identified


Published: Saturday, January 31, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 30, 2004 at 10:36 p.m.
A badly burned body found in northwest Alachua County on Tuesday was officially identified Friday as Robert Larry Williams.
Williams, 41, had been missing for two days when his friend and neighbor, Theodore Brown, found his body in a fire pit along NW 181st Terrace, off County Road 232.
The pit is an old septic tank about 2-1/2 feet deep that forms a square about 5 feet to 6 feet wide.
Authorities couldn't immediately determine the age, sex or identity of the person, but friends and neighbors had said all along they believed it was Williams.
The cause of death has not been determined, but foul play is not suspected, said Alachua County Sheriff's Lt. Jim Troiano.
Investigators hope toxicology tests the Medical Examiner's Office has ordered will provide more clues about what happened.
Williams' mother lives in Gainesville, but he considered the Browns his family also, Troiano said.

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