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UPDATE @ 5:00 PM MONDAY:
PORTLAND – Skeletal remains recovered along a trail in Chautauqua County will be analyzed by a regional anthropology team who is assisting law enforcement with identification.
Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Jim Quattrone first confirmed to WNY News Now Monday morning that human remains were recovered off the “rails to trail” path near Woleben Road in the Town of Portland.
The bones were originally found on Sunday by a resident in the area who then contacted police.
The Chautauqua County Forensic Investigation Team spent the day working with the Mercyhurst Forensic Anthropology Department at the scene.
The Sheriff says the remains, which appear to make up a full body, will be analyzed by the college’s Anthropology Department.
As for how long the remains have been there, Quattrone did not have a definitive answer, but said, “awhile.”
The department is planning to do a follow-up search in the area on Tuesday. Quattrone says the trail will likely remain closed until that is complete.
ORIGINAL @ 9:48 AM MONDAY:
PORTLAND – A police investigation is underway after human remains were found near a trail in northern Chautauqua County.
Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Jim Quattrone tells WNY News Now some bones were recovered off the “rails to trail” path near Woleben Road.
He says at this time the investigation is in its very early stages, however detectives believe the bones are human.
The Chautauqua County Forensic Investigation Team is working with the Mercyhurst Forensic Anthropology department in this investigation.
The Sheriff says a civilian found the remains Sunday and reported it to law enforcement.
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