Human remains found buried in retirement community

Human remains found buried in retirement community

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Lake County Sheriff's deputies discovered human remains in a missing man's backyard.

Lt. John Herrell said the investigation began Saturday night after a neighbor called deputies.  Lt. Herrell said the neighbor saw someone leaving 181 North Lake Drive in Leesburg, which is located in the Mid-Florida Lakes retirement community.

The neighbor told the Sheriff's Office that the person at the home was loading items onto a trailer. The neighbor said he was concerned, because he said he hadn't seen the homeowner, 63-year-old Jesse Wachter, in weeks.

Deputies responded just after 8 p.m. on Saturday.  Once deputies arrived in the neighborhood, Lt. Herrell said investigators stopped a vehicle that was about to leave the complex. Deputies said the vehicle was Wachter's truck, and the trailer it was pulling contained Wachter's motorcycle, his golf cart, and appliances. The truck was being driven by Wachter's son, Jesse Jordan, 28. Jordan's girlfriend, Jessica Thigpen, also 28, was in the truck with him.

Investigators then brought a cadaver dog to the home. Deputies say the human remains were then located.  Investigators are working on exhuming the body.  Lt. Herrell told FOX 35 that investigators strongly believe the remains are those of Wachter, but the cause of death has not been determined.

Deputies said Jordan and Thigpen had drugs in their possession. Both were arrested and taken to the Lake County Detention Center.  Each is charged with one count of possessing a controlled substance and five counts of possessing drugs. They are being held without bond.

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