The man, who identified himself only by his first name James, told WPBF that he went looking for a chicken who had left his yard in West Palm Beach when he came across a shocking sight next door.
“I just found something weird and I kick it and when I see something weird like a skull it was scary and I said I don’t know what this is,” he said.
Police confirmed it was “human skeletal remains” buried in a shallow grave.
“It’s weird, you know. I never expected that thing in the back of my house,” James said.
West Palm Beach Police said it’s working to determine identifying markers on the remains, including gender.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.