Investigators need help identifying human remains

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Detectives with the Shelby County Sheriff's Office said Thursday they need help identifying human remains.

Investigators said an off-duty Shelby County Sheriff's deputy and a friend were hunting on December 4 when they found the remains in a wooded area.

"They were moving a duck blind when they stumbled upon what appeared to be human remains," said Shelby County Sheriff's Office spokesman Chip Washington.  "They found a skull and some scattered bones."

Washington said more bones were found after a search of the area.

The medical examiner identified the remains as those of a man.

"We also have been told that ... the remains may have been in the ground anywhere from a year to 18 months," said Washington.

Washington said investigators are still trying to figure out the dead man's identity and other factors.

"The M.E.'s Office came out with a report yesterday that basically said the remains appeared to be male in origin," said Washington.  "Someone from 30 to 70 years of age."

The remains were also too decomposed for the medical examiner to determine the race of the person found.  Officers said they hope someone who knows this person will contact them with some clues.

"Any individuals who ... have missing relatives or friends or whomever that might fit into the particular age range or time frame category are definitely urged to give us a call," said Washington.

If you have any information that could help identify the remains, please call the Shelby County Sheriff's Office at (901) 545-5465.

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