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Two sets of skeletal remains found in Nash County

Posted September 8, 2010
Updated September 11, 2010

— The Nash County Sheriff's Office was investigating Wednesday after two sets of skeletal remains were found in Nash County.

Two men riding four-wheelers came across the remains in a field off N.C. Highway 43 north of Red Oak on Tuesday night, Capt. Pat Joyner said. Authorities are treating the case as a homicide investigation.

"At this time, we don't know if it's male, female, black, white or Hispanic," Nash County Sheriff Dick Jenkins said of the remains.

A team of anthropologists from East Carolina University assisted authorities in collecting the remains.

The remains, which appeared to have been out in the elements for several months, were sent to the Office of the State Chief Medical Examiner in Chapel Hill to determine cause of death.

Skeletal remains discovered in Nash County Skeletal remains discovered in Nash County

Joyner said the sheriff’s office has made contact with a special task force looking into the deaths and disappearances of several women.

In all, the remains of eight women have been found over the past four years – seven in rural Edgecombe County and one in Halifax County. Two more women are missing.

Based on early evidence, authorities said they do not believe the remains found Wednesday are connected to those cases.

"We have something that tells us, that makes us believe that it's not (related), but I'm not at liberty to tell you (more) right now," Jenkins said.

If you have any information about the remains that could help investigators call the Nash County Sheriff's Office at 252-459-1556.


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  • cdancyii Sep 9, 2010

    Don't know who they are so until then why assume. Don't know the race of the skeletal remains so why not wait until more information is given to say more? Some people can do that because they know every d.. thing and the majority of the time they make themselves look stupid. So glad the older I get the more cautious I am about what I say and do unlike some folks. Some folks get more stupid the older they get. Oh well people will be people. Can't wait to see the outcome of this story but until I will continue to read the stupid comments and shake my head because some folks make it appear that it law enforcement is the reason why people are found dead and/or missing. C. Dancy II @ thepoliticalagitator.com

  • crustyhalo Sep 9, 2010

    dwr1964....what are you talking about, you make no sense at all with your comment!

  • donfish Sep 9, 2010

    Stupid people like you drw have no business posting a comment! You have to start somewhere. What would you suggest a murder suicide? Lets these people do there jobs with out having to listen to people like you.

  • dnicks Sep 9, 2010

    Sadly, when adults go missing it is not taken seriously until the skeletal remains are found by some unsuspecting citizen. Every missing persons case should be taken seriously.

  • dwr1964 Sep 8, 2010

    Really? A homicide investigation? You mean to tell me that the Nash County Sherriff's Office was able to figure out that this just might have been a homicide? And here I thought that all skeletal remains with a friend for companionship would be more thought of as.....nice. Go Nash County.

  • simplyme29 Sep 8, 2010

    This is so sad, however, I am happy that someone will be able to put their loved one to rest the right way!