UPDATE 2:15 p.m.: Police provided additional information about the remains discovered in a wooded area of Danville late Tuesday afternoon.
According to the Danville Police Department, the human skeletal remains were discovered on Tuesday, Dec. 8, by a crew clearing trees along a powerline right-of-way.
The department says officers immediately secured the area before investigators and crime scene technicians conducted a thorough grid search through the heavily wooded area near the Danville Expressway and South Main Street on Wednesday, Dec. 9.
“We recognize there are several families in our area who have filed missing person’s reports in recent years and are desperately seeking closure,” the Danville Police Department said in a statement on Wednesday. “With this in mind, it would be irresponsible for us to speculate about the identity of these remains. We will maintain contact with these families and release more information when it becomes available.”
If you have any information about this case, you are asked to call the Danville Police Department at (434) 793-0000.
DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — Police are investigating following the discovery of skeletal remains by some workers in the Danville area.
Lt. Richard Chivvis with the Danville Police Department confirmed to WFXR News on Wednesday, Dec. 9, that several workers found skeletal remains in a wooded area off the 29 bypass that are believed to be human.
Police are reportedly conducting a thorough grid search of the area to recover evidence.
In addition, the remains will be sent to the medical examiner’s office in order to determine the person’s identity, as well as the cause and manner of death, if possible, according to Chivvis.
However, there are several missing persons cases in the area, so Chivvis says police will compare what was recovered during this death investigation with those other cases.
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