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.

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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