Crossbow, nunchucks among 46 weapons inside coffin found in Volusia

By Mike Westfall, Senior Web Content Editor
Last Updated: Friday, May 09, 2014, 5:24 PM EDT

The Volusia County Sheriff's Office said it is investigating a bizarre discovery in De Leon Springs, where deputies found a wooden coffin filled with an arsenal of weapons including knives, nunchucks, a crossbow and a ball-and-chain.

The coffin was found by a Florida Fish and Wildlife officer Thursday afternoon in a wooded area along the 5300 block of Lake Park Road, off State Road 11 in De Leon Springs.

The FWC officer notified the Sheriff's Office, and a deputy arrived to find the coffin lying upside-down near the tree line. There were no signs of damage to the coffin, the deputy said.

The deputy opened the coffin to find the following items inside:

  1. Black crossbow
  2. Black ball and chain
  3. Set of nun chucks
  4. Metal pair of forceps
  5. Ball with metal spikes
  6. Black hoodie
  7. Small red square punching bag
  8. Black leather pouch
  9. Double-sided axe with handle
  10. Baseball bat with numerous screws attached
  11. Small black sheath
  12. Scissors, silver in color
  13. Wooden handle with attached metal hook
  14. Wooden handle with attached metal knife
  15. Plastic tube with black handles
  16. Wide black metal hook
  17. Black folding knife
  18. 2 black arm weights
  19. Broken yellow dart
  20. Silver baseball bat
  21. Small wooden handle with attached knife
  22. Black metal crowbar
  23. Silver antenna
  24. Black metal hooks
  25. Black sword sheathe
  26. Silver metal chain
  27. Black handle with attached long knife
  28. Wooden handle with attached rusted knife blade
  29. Black stick with attached chain
  30. Single metal hook
  31. 2 wooden metal hatchets
  32. Silver boat anchor
  33. Black fire poker
  34. Black metal crowbar
  35. Pair of blacksmith pliers
  36. Silver metal sword blade with missing hand grip
  37. Wooden blocking stick
  38. Metal hammer
  39. Double sickle handle
  40. Single handle sickle
  41. Large pair of black metal tongs
  42. 2 wooden axe handles
  43. Wooden sword

The deputy did not observe any signs of blood, hair or anything that would indicate foul play. Many of the items appeared to be old and rusted, and were likely inside the coffin for a while.

The coffin and its contents were taken in as evidence by the Sheriff's Office, though an incident report described the case as closed.