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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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John Jacob 'Jack' Gambold, Jr., 91
  Stepfather of Carol Skirvin of Nashville

Jolee Ragan Dufek, 6, Nashville
  Daughter of Jason and Krystal Dufek

Karolina Rose Spurgeon, 3 days old, Edinburgh
  Sister of Keirsten Dawn Spurgeon of Brown County

  • December 19
    Bingo
    5 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North.
  • December 19
    Christmas sing-along at The Playhouse
    7:30 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 19
    Live band at dance barn
    6 p.m. Mike's Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West
  • December 19
    Live hip hop music at dance barn
    7 p.m. Mike's Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West
  • December 20
    Live band at dance barn
    6 p.m. Mike's Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West
  • December 20
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • December 20
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • December 20
    'Gone Girl' at the Playhouse
    1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 20
    Railroad museum features model Christmas trains
    1 to 7 p.m. BC RR Museum, 18 W. Three Story Hill Road, Fruitdale
  • December 21
    'Gone Girl' at the Playhouse
    1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 21
    Railroad museum features model Christmas trains´╗┐
    1 to 7 p.m. BC RR Museum, 18 W. Three Story Hill Road, Fruitdale
  • December 23
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • December 24
    Nashville government offices CLOSED
  • December 24
    Christmas Eve Communion service at Becks Grove church
    7 p.m. Becks Grove Christian Church, 8009 Becks Grove Road
  • December 24
    Candlelight service at Helmsburg church Christmas Eve
    7 p.m. Brown County Community Church, 2370 Main St., Helmsburg
  • December 24
    Candlelight service set for Christmas Eve
    6:30 p.m. Country Gospel Music Church, 5181 State Road 46 East
  • December 24
    Cordry church hosts candlelight service Christmas Eve
    7 p.m. Church of the Lakes, 8844 Nineveh Road
  • December 25
    Government Offices CLOSED
  • December 26
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • December 26
    Brown County Government Offices CLOSED
  • December 27
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • December 27
    Live band at dance barn
    7:30 p.m. Mike's Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West