Park rangers find bones believed to be person of interest in murder

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MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. - Detectives say that bones found in a preserve area Thursday are likely the remains of the ex-boyfriend of a Hardee County single mother found murdered earlier this year.

According to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, park rangers found the bones in Duette Preserve on Thursday.  Detectives believe they are the remains of 32-year-old Joel Ramirez, who had been named as a person of interest in the murder of 42-year-old Maria Moralez.

Moralez, a single mother of five from Bowling Green, was found dead inside a tractor in a Manatee County orange grove on August 28th.

Her ex-boyfriend Ramirez was named a person of interest the next day, after he did not show up for his job as a farm worker.  He had not been seen since.

Detectives now believe Ramirez shot Moralez and then walked about two miles away to the preserve and took his own life.