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Tunica investigators find new clues in second day of searching

The Tunica County Sheriff's Department spent a second day Monday searching the area where human skeletal remains were found. The department discovered more evidence, including clothing and a watch, in a densely wooded area near the Mississippi River.

The area is near Fitzgerald's Casino, where 66-year-old Norma Massa was last seen in December 2004. It is land where Sunday a hunter happened upon a skull, identified by the state medical examiner as female.

"He was looking directly at the ground," said hunter Glenn Kurrus, "and at the time the skeletal remains were looking right up at him."

The Tunica County sheriff's department found more remains and a bag from Fitzgerald's Casino like the one Norma Massa was carrying when she disappeared more than a year ago.

Massa was on a gambling day trip with other residents from her nursing home when she apparently wandered away from the casino.

Investigators say the area the remains were discovered in was probably underwater at the time Massa disappeared. It's not clear exactly how the remains got there. The Tunica County Sheriff's department said it was not clear why the remains were not found earlier. Deputies searched the area several times since Massa's disappearance.

"We did a couple of other searches later," said Chief Randy Stewart. "I do believe that area was searched again, and farmers and actually hunters had been out there back and forth all year."

Investigators said they have not found any evidence of foul play yet in the disappearance of Norma Massa.

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