Investigators working to identify remains found in North Augusta

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News 12 First at Five, November 8, 2007

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- An update to a story News 12 first broke last night. Investigators are trying to figure out how and why almost a whole skeleton of bones was found in North Augusta.

The bones were located just off Austin Graybill Road. Investigators say this all happening just after 6PM on Wednesday evening.

Forensic investigators from SLED, the Aiken County Sheriff's Office, along with the North Augusta Department of Public Safety and Richmond County Investigators, looking deep in the woods in North Augusta; this after investigators say human remains were found on Wednesday evening.

"Sometime has passed by. So, their sifting through things like naturally fallen pine needles, leaves and things like that," says Lt. Tim Pearson with the North Augusta Public Safety.

Lt. Pearson adds, this is a densely wooded area.

"We want to figure out who this is and how they got there," Lt. Pearson.

News 12 has confirmed Richmond County investigators are looking into the possibility the remains are that of Debra Dill.

And over in Aiken County, it's being investigated whether the remains are that of Lisa Shuttleworth. The Sheriff's Office says she's the only active missing person in the county.

"Once they put all the pieces of the puzzle together, hopefully that'll tell us what happened," says Lt. Pearson.

Investigators will be comparing the bones to all missing persons in the area. The Aiken County Coroner saying it appears the body is a female. But an autopsy is scheduled for Friday in Newberry to confirm the speculation.

There, the bones will be examined for unusual trauma and dental comparisons.

Lt. Pearson stresses, this is a slow process. "TV; it all happens in an hour. Not the case here. We're slow. Very methodical."

The Coroner says he's not sure how many bones were collected, but that it was almost a whole skeleton found in the woods.

Stick with News 12 for the latest in this investigation.

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