Hunters find human remains ‘scattered’ in wooded area, Georgia deputies say
A group of hunters made a gruesome discovery in eastern Georgia on Sunday when they found human remains that were "scattered", according to the Burke County Georgia Sheriff's office.
An identity for the victim and the cause of death were not released.
Investigators say the bones were found around 12:15 p.m. Sunday in a wooded area about 14 miles west of the Burke County seat of Waynesboro. The largely rural area is about 35 miles southwest of Augusta.
The case was originally reported as a "suspicious situation," officials said in a press release.
"Upon arrival, MPs were met by hunters who ... were on hunting grounds believing they had discovered human skeletal remains," officials said.
"The MPs began to comb the wooded area and discovered scattered skeletal remains."
The Burke County Coroner's Office collected the remains, which are being investigated by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's Crime Lab.
Investigators expect the lab to identify the victim and find a cause of death, officials said.
The condition of the remains doesn't necessarily indicate bad play, experts say. A body left outdoors is flushed which, according to Science Focus Magazine, could explain why parts were scattered. The final stage of decomposition - "skeletonizing" into bones - can occur over a period of "months and years," according to the BBC website.
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