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Halifax sheriff's office trying to identify remains found in yard

Posted October 23, 2010

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— The Halifax County Sheriff's Office said Saturday that bones found in a Montfort Street yard are believed to be the remains of Jerry Dale Harrell, who was reported missing from the Halifax area in January. 

A woman was playing with her dog in her yard Friday morning when she stumbled on the bones and called 911, said Det. Tyree Davis.

The sheriff's office confirmed that the bones were human, and a team of experts from the State Bureau of Investigation and East Carolina University was processing the scene. Investigators will compare DNA from the bones with that gathered from Harrell's family to make a positive identification, Davis said.

Davis said it did not appear that foul play was involved.

The only other open missing persons case being handled by the sheriff's office is that of Jalesa Reynolds, who disappeared in February. Deputies did not say why they believe the bone belong to Harrell and not to Reynolds.

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  • doubletrouble Oct 25, 2010

    From the local paper, it stated that apprently one of the neighbor's dogs had gotten out, found the bones and brought them up into the ladies back yard, as it was close to her clothesline. They located the rest of the remains, deeper in the woods. Seems he had a history with the DOC and wasn't visiting his parole officer. I don't know if I would rule out foul play or not...drugs are so bad in our area and hard to believe he just went to sleep in the woods.

  • Iworkforaliving Oct 25, 2010

    playing fetch with my femur, kinda creepy.

  • mad_dash Oct 25, 2010

    Dang. What a horrible thing to find in your back yard!