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Skeletal human remains found in San Augustine Co.

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SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -

A surveyor for a timber management company made a grisly discovery in a wooded area in the western part of San Augustine County Wednesday afternoon. The individual found skeletal human remains.

Deputies with the San Augustine County Sheriff's Office spent the better part of Thursday morning processing the area where the skeletal remains were found.

"We have no idea about the identity of the person," said Gary Cunningham, the chief deputy for the San Augustine County Sheriff's Office. "We have no thoughts about the cause of death."

Cunningham said the human remains had been exposed to the elements and had been there for an extended period of time. He said at this time, there's no way of knowing whether the person was a man or a woman.

He said the remains have been sent off to a forensic anthropologist at Sam Houston State University for DNA analysis.

Because the investigation is still ongoing, Cunningham declined to comment on whether any other evidence that might have identified the person was found at the scene.

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