Authorities are investigating after dogs found what investigators believe are human skeletal remains east of Opelika on Tuesday night.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office received a call at 8:47 p.m. in reference to what appeared to be human skeletal remains at a residence in the 4000 block of U.S. Highway 280/431, just east of Opelika, police said.
Deputies observed what appeared to be a human skull and a single vertebra when they arrived. The skull was brought to the yard of the residence by dogs owned by the complainant, officers said.
Sheriff’s investigators and Lee County Coroner Bill Harris returned to the property Wednesday to search for more remains, but the search did not produce any evidence, Harris said.
“It is like looking for a needle in a haystack,” Harris said. “The property involved over 100 acres, and the property next to that is over 240 acres.”
Investigators believe the skull has been in the elements for some time. The remains will be taken to the medical examiner’s office of the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences in Montgomery for initial analysis, Harris said.
“Hopefully, we can get DNA extracted and then proceed from there,” he said.
The case remains under the investigation of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and Coroner’s Office.
Investigators ask if anyone has any information about the case to call the Lee County Sheriff’s Office at 334-749-5661, Lee County Crime Stoppers at 888-522-7847 or the Lee County Coroner Secret Witness line at 334-742-4339.
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