UPDATE: Police identify Georgia woman whose remains were found in Bland County on Nov. 5

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BLAND COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Nearly two weeks after a West Virginia man was arrested for second-degree murder in connection with a body found in Bland County, Virginia State Police announced the identity of the Georgia woman whose remains were discovered.

At 8:42 a.m. on Nov. 5, Virginia State Police was notified of the discovery of human remains near the intersection of Arrowhead Drive and Route 666 (Indian Village Trail) off of I-77 exit 58 for Bastian.

Later in the day, police say the investigation led to the arrest of 58-year-old Gilbert Lee Riggs of Bluefield, West Virginia, on one felony count of second-degree murder and one felony count of hit-and-run.

On Tuesday, Nov. 17, Virginia State Police announced the Office of the Medical Examiner in Roanoke confirmed the identity of the remains as 56-year-old Janice McBerry Poole of Griffin, Georgia.

According to authorities, Poole and Riggs were acquaintances.

However, authorities say the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Wytheville Field Office is still investigating the circumstances and cause of death for Poole.

If you have seen anything suspicious in the immediate area of this incident or have any information about this incident, you are still encouraged to contact Virginia State Police by calling (276) 228-3131 or emailing questions@vsp.virginia.gov

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