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Human remains found in Brown County woods UPDATED 5:40 p.m. Friday
Updated on: 04.12.13

5:26 p.m. UPDATE: Investigators continue to work the scene, in the 2500 block of Wise Hollow Road, reports Chief Deputy Jeff Deckard.

Among them is Dr. Stephen Nawrocki, director of osteology at the archaeology and forensics laboratory at the University of Indianapolis, whose expertise includes skeletal age estimation.

Authorities hope that collected materials will help identify the body and determine the cause and manner of death, said Prosecutor Jim Oliver, who was notified early on in the investigation in case it would become a criminal case.

"We have no idea who we have at this point," said Chief Deputy Coroner Earl Piper, who also has been working at the scene, along with Indiana State Police and Brown County Emergency Management. 

He cautioned against speculation.

Piper said dental records may need to be used to make identification.

 

ORIGINAL POST: Two women hunting for mushrooms on private property Thursday found bones believed to be human.

State and local police worked Thursday evening and into Friday to recover the remains from a wooded area in western Brown County.

“There’s not a lot I can tell you yet,” Sheriff Rick Followell reported this morning, declining to reveal the exact location of the site at this time. “… Right now we are in the process of recovery and we’re just now looking into who and why.”

At 3:17 p.m. Thursday, a woman called 911 from a State Road 46 West address to report she’d found a human head in the woods. At least seven Brown County and Nashville officers responded, and stayed on scene all evening.

Friday morning, a specialized team was working to remove the remains from the multiple acre site, which Followell called “a tedious process.”

Followell said investigators haven’t concluded yet whether the remains are from a male or female, or whether or not foul play is involved.

“All that we could see were just parts,” he said. “… We don’t have any reason to believe that they’re not all there.”

 

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