UPDATE- June 8, 2022:
The human skeletal remains discovered in Babcock Ranch on 05/06/2022 were positively identified as Edward R. Gerdom (12/14/1960), a North Fort Myers Resident, who hasn’t been seen since January 29, 2021.
Edward Gerdom was last seen by family when he was dropped off at Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers for care. Edward then checked out of Lee Memorial Health against medical recommendations and departed from the area without any further contact with family. Edward Gerdom suffered from numerous physical and mental health ailments.
The family of Edward Gerdom have been notified and are assisting the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office with the investigation.
Currently, there are no signs of foul play, and the investigation is ongoing.
UPDATE-May 9, 2022: Detectives are working to identify the remains located in the Babcock Ranch Curry Creek Preserve through collaborative efforts with the Medical Examiner and utilizing dental records. It is not uncommon for this process to take weeks or even months for positive identification. As soon as a positive identification is made and next of kin is notified, an update will be released.
Punta Gorda, FL – May 6, 2022
Human skeletal remains were discovered on the east side of the Curry Creek Wildlife Preserve in Babcock Ranch. Identification has not been made.
Just after 10 a.m. dispatch received a call from the Babcock Ranch Community Patrol advising that a land development company had discovered skeletal remains while maintaining the preserve area on the east side of the community.
Major Crimes, FDLE, and our Forensics Unit are currently on scene to collect and preserve the evidence. No identification of the remains has been made at this time as the investigation is in the preliminary stages. However, we can confirm the remains show signs of prolonged exposure to the elements.
The investigation is ongoing.