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Human remains found near Halifax creek

Posted March 4, 2013

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— A Halifax family found human remains while hiking near a creek embankment on Sunday afternoon, the sheriff's office said Monday.

The human bones were found near the N.C. Highway 561 railroad bridge shortly before 1:40 p.m.

The sheriff's office said Monday that their only open missing person case involves Jalesa Reynolds, 18, who disappeared in 2010, but the remains found Sunday belong to a white man.

Human remains found under Halifax County bridge Human remains found under Halifax County bridge

Sheriff's officials say the remains could be those of a homeless person, based on what was found at the scene, but they are waiting for test results from the State Bureau of Investigation.

"Due to the fact of it being skeletal remains, we called in the SBI for their crime scene technology to help us," said Chief Deputy Wes Tripp. "(It's) very, very early in the investigation right now to even try to determine what happened."

Neighbor George Beal said he was very surprised to hear that human remains were found in his town. "We're a small town. You just don't hear of a whole lot of stuff going on," he said.

The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System shows North Carolina has 114 unidentified persons cases.

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  • Brogden Mar 7, 2013

    Gosh - The sheriff's office orginally said the remains were those of a white male and it turns out this was a black female.
    They must have really been in bad shape for such a mistaken initial identification. I hope they can find out who this poor soul was and return her to her family for proper burial.

  • dontgetmestarted Mar 4, 2013

    Hmmm...could have been trying to walk across the tressel and fell or a train came by...:( sad.