Human bones found in woods

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, October 12, 2010

HARRISONBURG — The remains of an unidentified person were found in the woods north of Harrisonburg in Catahoula Parish Friday.

According to Sheriff James Kelly, the Catahoula Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call from a hunter Friday evening, claiming he had found what appeared to be a human skull.

Catahoula Parish deputies arrived at the scene and confirmed that the remains found were human.

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Forensic pathologists from Louisiana State University and Dr. Mary Manhein, forensic anthropologist, were also called to the scene, and determined the remains were likely that of a young female.

The remains indicated that the victim had braces on her teeth, long dark hair and was small framed.

Evidence also suggested the body had been at the location for several weeks.

Kelly said the remains have not been identified and that no local agencies have reported and missing persons matching the description of the victim.

Kelly said he does expect the identity and cause of death for the victim to be determined in the next few days.

Anyone with information that may be connected to the case is asked to call the CPSO at 318-744-5411.