Halifax, N.C. — Skeletal remains found in Halifax on Sunday appear to be a black woman who was homeless, the sheriff's office said Thursday.
A family found the remains while hiking near a creek embankment near the N.C. Highway 561 railroad bridge. Authorities said it looked like a makeshift camp.
The medical examiner's office in Greenville said the woman appeared to be 35 to 50 years old and 5 feet 1 inch to 5 feet 5 inches tall. She was found wearing a heavy black coat, light-colored blue jeans, black tennis shoes and sunglasses.
"Based on evidence at the scene and the report from the medical examiner, there’s nothing to suggest foul play," Chief Deputy Wes Tripp said in a statement.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office at 252-583-8051 or Halifax County Crime Stoppers at 252-583-4444.
The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System shows North Carolina has 114 unidentified persons cases.