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Father and son discover human remains in Anderson park

Posted: 4:58 PM, Apr 17, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-17 20:59:50Z
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ANDERSON — Police in Anderson are investigating after a father and son discovered human skeletal remains in an Anderson park on Wednesday.

According to Anderson police Maj. Joel Sandefur, police were called to River Bend Park shortly before 11 a.m. Wednesday. Sandefur said the father and son were looking for mushrooms in an area near the White River when they discovered the remains.

Sandefur said based on the condition of the remains, they have been there for awhile.

"At this point we don't know who the remains are," Sandefur said.

As officers were processing the scene, they discovered an identification card belonging to a male who has been reported missing, Sandefur said. Police are not releasing additional details regarding the missing person case pending efforts to determine if the remains found match the name on the identification card, he said.

Sandefur also said it remains too early in the investigation to determine if foul play is involved in the death.

The Madison County Coroner's Office is aiding in the investigation to not only identify who the remains belong to but also a cause and manner of death.

The investigation remains ongoing, Sandefur said.