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

Posted October 23, 2010 6:45 p.m. EDT
Updated October 23, 2010 6:46 p.m. EDT

— 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.