Foul Play Not Suspected In Skeletal Remains Found Near Trestle

Deputies now say there is nothing to suggest foul play in human remains found this past weekend in Halifax County.

The skeletal remains were discovered Sunday afternoon on a creek bank near a railroad trestle off Highway 561.

Deputies say based on preliminary findings from the Medical Examiner's Office in Greenville, the remains appear to be of a black woman, between 35 and 50 years old. The woman's height is between 5'1" and 5"5".

The remains were found at what appeared to be a makeshift homeless camp, using the trestle for shelter. Deputies say they believe the woman to be either a transit or homeless person.

Clothing found with the remains include a heavy black coat, light colored blue jeans, black tennis shoes and sunglasses.

Anyone who may know the identity of the woman should call the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office at 252-583-8051 or Halifax County Crime Stoppers at 252-583-4444.


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Human remains were found Sunday near a creek embankment in Halifax County.

Deputies say a local family made the discovery around 1:40 p.m. The remains were found near the Highway 561 railroad bridge.

The Sheriff's Office is being assisted by the State Bureau of Investigation in the case and no information has been released if the remains belonged to a man or a woman, nor how long they had been there.

Scotland Neck Police Chief Joe Williams told WITN this morning he doesn't believe the remains belong to Jalesa Reynolds, a teenager who has been missing for the past three years. Williams says the SBI notified them on Sunday and based on preliminary results the remains do not belong to Reynolds.


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