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Human remains identified, stepson arrested

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 This week, investigators received confirmation that the dismembered human remains found behind a Bushnell home in July, are those of Claudio Carvajal-Hernandez. His step-son has been arrested in the murder.

According to the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, family members reported Carvajal-Hernandez missing on June 21. His body was found a month later when investigators served a search warrant on his Belt Avenue residence.

They received the information on Tuesday, Nov. 6 and issued an arrest warrant for his stepson, Benito Peralta Farrar, according to a sheriff’s office report.

The death was reportedly ruled a homicide by the medical examiner with the cause being listed as “homicidal violence by unknown means.”

The condition of the body required extensive laboratory testing in order to make a positive DNA match. The testing created a significant delay in the investigation.

Farrar was arrested and charged with second degree murder and abuse of a dead human body. He is being held in the Sumter County Detention Center, without bond.

If anyone has any information regarding this case, contact Det. Aaron Sirolli at the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office at 352-793-2621 or, to remain anonymous, call Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477).