February 26, 2004
Taney County, MO
Skeletal Remains Found in National Forest
Deputies in Taney County, Missouri Thursday were investigating the discovery of skeletal human remains in a rugged area of the Mark Twain National Forest.
Sheriff Jimmie Russell told KOLR10 News his office got a phone tip about the remains late Thursday morning. The body was found off a fire road through the forest, about one and a half miles west of Bradleyville.
Russell said it appeared the remains had been deliberately concealed and had been where they were found for "quite some time." Russell said deputies were bringing in lights to continue working after dusk to excavate the site and that the remains would be taken to a crime lab for analysis. Russell said he could not confirm if the remains were that of a male or female.
Law officers in the area have been investigating two high-profile missing persons cases the past several months, although Russell said it was too soon to know if either case might be connected to the remains found Thursday.
Nearly a year ago, 19 year old Rebecca Sutton disappeared from her home in nearby Hollister. And Christian County authorities are still investigating last fall's disappearance of Freda Heyn of Oldfield.
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