BOCA RATON, FL (WFLX) - It was supposed to be a day of picnicking at the beach; instead, it ended in somber prayer for those who made a frightening find along the shore.
"They were just curious, thinking it was a turtle's nest. But then they realized the horror of what was there," said Pastor Bernard King Sr. shortly after his fellow church-goers at Cornerstone Bible Fellowship stumbled upon a set of bones at South Inlet Park in Boca Raton.
"Several of them came back and told me they noticed some remains like a spinal column and a shirt, human remains," added King.
The Medical Examiner will determine if the bones are indeed human.
With the evidence hidden underneath a yellow tarp, Palm Beach County detectives searched the entire beach Monday for any other remains by ground and air.
More bones were found in five different locations and, if human, the sheriff's office believes they could belong to more than one person.
That raises the possibility the remains could be those of illegal immigrants who disappeared in the ocean two weeks ago after their smuggling boat capsized east of the Boynton Beach Inlet.
As for the church group, it wasn't their ideal picnic at the beach, but they came together anyway in a most sobering moment.