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By COLLEEN MCCARTHY
More skeletal remains were recovered from the same area near Reed Road in Adaton where sheriffâ€™s deputies recovered a skull last week.
The Oktibbeha County Sheriffâ€™s Office received a call at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 14 from a citizen who found the remains in a heavily wooded area.
Members of the Mississippi State Anthropology Department assisted in the search and helped recover a jaw bone and other small bones Tuesday.
â€śThey have been a tremendous help,â€ť Coroner Michael Hunt said. â€śIt appears theyâ€™ve found all thatâ€™s going to be found. They did a grid search (Tuesday) and only found a couple more bones.â€ť
Hunt said the bones will be sent to the Mississippi Crime Laboratory for DNA testing.
â€śTheyâ€™ll be tested and analyzed against whatever missing persons we have from the Starkville area,â€ť he said.
Despite putting a rush on the testing, Hunt said it could take several weeks to a month before the investigators receive the test results. Though investigators believe the bones may belong to a local missing person, an official identification will not be made until the DNA tests are concluded.
At this point in the investigation, it does not appear the personâ€™s death was the result of foul play, Hunt said.
â€śOnce we know who it is, it will give us a little bit better idea as to what happened. But at this point, there is no indication of trauma whatsoever,â€ť Hunt said.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to call OCSO at 662-323-2421 or Golden Triangle Crimestoppers at 1-800-530-7151.