Skeletal remains found in the DeSoto National Forest

Posted at 5:04 PM, Jan 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-02 18:04:36-05

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) – Forensic experts are trying to confirm the identity of skeletal remains found in the DeSoto National Forest in Mississippi.

Officials tell news outlets that a hunter found the remains on Christmas Day.

Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove says he and a team went to the woods and recovered some remains, and later recovered more. Hargrove did not say what condition the remains were in.

The Mississippi Crime Laboratory is assisting in efforts to identify the remains. There’s no word yet on if the death was a homicide or by natural causes, or when the identity will be confirmed.

Authorities are investigating the death.