Local News

Authorities Learn More About Human Remains Found Off Highway 64

Posted Updated
Switch to classic wral.com

WAKE COUNTY, N.C. — Authorities now say the human remains found last month in a wooded area off Highway 64 in Apex belong to a man in his 30's, probably of mixed race.

They also have determined that the body was buried there for at least a year. They are cross-referencing missing persons reports and doing DNA testing.

John Monroe, a forester for more than 20 years, said he found the remains off Old Jenks Road on July 10.

"I saw a shoe and noticed that was a little unusual and then walked about 20 feet further and noticed something white," Monroe said. "I suspected it could have been a skull.

"As I got closer, I noticed it was a human skull."

Monroe said he also found a cowboy boot, some clothes and more bones in that area.