State, Local Law Enforcement, ECU Work To Identify Human Remains Found Near Elementary School

Two days after a woman walking on a wooded trail in Craven County made the discovery of a human skull, the crime scene tape was down Tuesday and officials say they will now begin the process of identifying the remains.

Members of the East Carolina University Anthropology Department, the SBI, and Craven County Sheriff's Office worked throughout the day to remove the human remains that were found in a wooded area off of Avery Road in Craven County. They were also collecting evidence from the surrounding area.

Captain Joe Heckman with the Craven County Sheriff's Office says it will take a while for ECU to identify the remains. In the meantime, they're working with the New Bern Police and the SBI, looking over missing persons cases.

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Lawmen in Craven County are investigating the discovery of human remains found near an elementary school.

Sheriff Jerry Monette tells WITN News that the remains were found this weekend in a wooded area off Avery Road outside of Bridgeton. That site it near Bridgeton Elementary School.

Monette says his deputies, along with New Bern police and the State Bureau of Investigation, are investigating the discovery.

Authorities say at this point they're not not ruling out foul play, though it is too soon to say whether the remains belong to a man or a woman or how they died. "We're unsure at this time, that is the purpose of the investigation to determine who it is and we've called in a special unit and they will collect the skeletal remains and any other evidence surrounding the area," says District Attorney Scott Thomas.


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  • by ANONYMOUS on Feb 2, 2011 at 09:38 AM
    Finally the family of the person found will have some closure. Prayers are sent your way.
  • by Diana Location: Bridgeton on Feb 1, 2011 at 11:34 AM
    It's sad to see the other comments that dismiss a larger community than you might think. Many families do live here and in the surrounding area. We are as vital to New Bern as most of their residents. We also are hit by the growing crime rate and have the same fears as anyone else.
  • by Buck on Feb 1, 2011 at 03:58 AM
    Sorry for the family of the victim. Bridgeton is just a pass through place on the map, no one actually spends any time there do they?
  • by James Location: New Bern on Jan 31, 2011 at 07:44 PM
    I've seen the name published on other sites as Robert Scott Jr. Missing since Feb. 4, 2010.
  • by I'm WAY behind on Jan 31, 2011 at 02:27 PM
    I didn't even know the old elementary school on B street wasn't being used anymore. Shows how long it's been since I was in that area. I can't even Google the street map to see what's there now, if the old building is still there or whether or not they've built condos there as well. It's kinda sad that the school isn't located there anymore. I use to walk by there on the way to the train trestle when we went fishing. In retrospect, the open field on B street where they built the condos would have been a perfect place to hide a body. In the high grass, nobody would have seen it.
  • by noname Location: New Bern on Jan 31, 2011 at 02:02 PM
    Hmmm...two skeletal remains found in ten years...Does anyone investigate missing persons anymore? It does look like with missing adult and children that the surrounding areas are searched for suicide so children like the ones on Old Cherry Point Road don't find human remains in woods that they play in!
  • by Awesome Location: Grifton,nc on Jan 31, 2011 at 12:41 PM
    JUST GREAT.....hope no little ones "found" them.
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