Human skeletal remains found in woods off Laney Walker

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March 23, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga.---Deputies in Richmond County are still trying to solve a mystery after finding human bones in the woods off of Laney Walker Boulevard last night.

Investigators have been working nonstop for the past 24 hours trying to figure out whose remains these are and how they ended up in the woods.

A 200 foot path leads to a mysterious pile of human skeletal remains, directly behind the CSX railroad tracks.

"Right now we do believe the body has been out for some period of time," Sgt. Richard Roundtree told News 12.

Two train jumpers, people who hop on trains for a free ride, alerted authorities after they discovered the skeleton while walking in the woods.

"Right now the body appears to be fully intact," Sgt. Roundtree said. "We have a large portion of it."

Sgt. Roundtree says they do not know whether the remains are that of a man or woman, and he would not comment on whether they are finding evidence to suspect foul play.

Right now, their main goal is to make a positive identification.

"We are checking all our databases and surrounding agencies to see if there are any missing persons," he said.

An anthropologist from Augusta State University is helping investigators because the GBI's forensic investigator is out of town.

The body will likely be removed today or tomorrow and taken to the crime lab for analysis.

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