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Reported by Chip Washington

Human remains found in unincorporated DeSoto County

Investigators in Mississippi spent Monday trying to identify human bones found over the weekend.

Authorities said two men searching for scrap metal found the unidentified bones in an unincorporated area of DeSoto County near Lewisburg.

The case remains a mystery, according to Mark Blackson of the DeSoto County Sheriff's Department, who added investigators hope someone might recognize a piece of key evidence.

According to Blackson, the men found the bones just before noon on Saturday.  The men told investigators they just happened to stumble across the bones, which were wrapped inside a blanket.

Sheriff's deputies were later sent out to search the area, in a ditch off the side of Byhalia Road in DeSoto County.

"We found quite a bit of the skeletal remains," Blackson said. "We found the skull, the jaw, most of the stuff from the upper body from the thoracic area, and then a couple of bones from the extremities."

Bones found included the person's rib cage, an arm, and some fingers.  Because only bones were found, investigators cannot use fingerprints to identify the remains.

According to investigators, a shirt that apparently belonged to a female was also found in the area of the bones, leading investigators to believe the remains were those of a female.

DeSoto County Coroner Jeffery Pounders said that the remains were sent to the Mississippi Crime Lab in Jackson, and he should know more about the approximate age of the person, as well as the race and gender, by mid-week.

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