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Skeletal remains discovered in McDonough

By Johnny Jackson

jjackson@henryherald.com

The McDonough Police Department, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), are investigating human bones found late Thursday morning in McDonough.

"We observed what appears to be skeletal remains," said McDonough Police Chief Preston Dorsey. "We're going to process the scene."

The skeletal remains, according to Dorsey, were found sometime around 10:30 a.m., in a wooded area just off Henry Parkway in McDonough, behind the Henry County Health Department, and near the Henry County Jail.

Dorsey said authorities received a call from private surveyors working in the area, describing the scattered remains of what appeared to be bits of a human skeleton.

He said when police officers arrived at the location, they found some skeletal fragments that were above ground, about 30 yards back into a wooded area behind the health department. "Parts of it are above ground; that we know," he added.

Dorsey said further investigation would include ascertaining the identity of what is believed to be a person, through dental records and DNA testing.

As of late Thursday, investigators did not reveal the possible age, race, or sex of the remains. Dorsey said the remains will be taken to the GBI Crime Lab in Decatur, for further evaluation by GBI's forensic anthropologist and medical examiner. He said the investigation will continue with the assistance of the Henry County Police Department.

"We won't know anything until tomorrow," said Dorsey. " We are waiting to get results from a preliminary investigation by the anthropologist."