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FIRST ON WITN: Remains Identified In Martin County

Martin County authorities say they now have a positive identification of the remains discovered in the woods.

Human remains found in the woods off Wildcat Road near Williamston are those of James Michael Pace of 1712 West Main Street in Williamston. Pace disappeared back in September of 1997, that's according to Lt. Drew Robinson with the Martin County Sheriff's Office.

WITN spoke to C.H. Tetterton of EJ's Logging who tells us they found the bones as they were clearing trees near Williamston.

Tetterton says his brother told him, they saw what looked like a barrel of a gun lying next to the bones and then contacted authorities.

Robinson says since the remains have been out there for the past 16 years and the cause or manner of death is undetermined.

We will have much more on this story starting on WITN News at 5pm.

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Deputies said a local family has been notified after investigators identified the remains found in the woods over the weekend.

Deputies with the Martin County Sheriff's Office said Monday morning they feel very certain they have positively identified the remains found over the weekend.

Investigators said they have notified local family and believe evidence links the remains found over the weekend to a missing person case stemming from Williamston.

The remains were discovered Friday afternoon in a wooded area off Wild Cat Road in Martin County.

Deputies said they plan to release new information about the case later Monday morning, but would not comment if the believe the death to be suspicious. We'll bring you the latest as it become available to us.



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An investigation is underway in Martin County after skeletal remains were found in a wooded area off Wild Cat Road.

Lt. Drew Robinson says the remains were discovered Friday afternoon after the Martin County Sheriff's Office received a tip.

Deputies along with a team from the ECU Department of Anthropology collected the remains Saturday afternoon. They are now working on the identification process.

Robinson says the team had to use ATV’s to get to the location because it is not accessible by the road.An investigation is underway in Martin County after skeletal remains were found in a wooded area off Wild Cat Road.


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