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HILLSVILLE — Carroll County investigators are working to track down the identify of human remains found on Timber Road Sunday.
Early indications that Carroll Sheriff’s Officer personnel have received from Radford University forensic anthropologists who assisted at the scene point to the subject being a male in the age range of mid-20s to mid-30s, according to Sheriff J.B. Gardner and Investigator Kevin Kemp.
Deputies learned of the remains from a caller who had been out on the road in the Cana area at about 11:40 a.m. Sunday picking up trash.
The scene isn’t far from where Gardner recently attended a centennial graveside memorial at a family ceremony for Bettie Ayers, the witness who died as the result of wounds received in the 1912 courthouse shootout between members of the Allen family and court and county officials.
The area is sparsely populated.
Carroll authorities notified their counterparts in Surry and Alleghany counties in North Carolina to see if it would help them on one of their cases, Kemp said.
Authorities recovered bones from the scene to take to the medical examiner’s office in Roanoke for further investigation.
Nothing that could identify the subject was recovered. Gardner said that deputies would revisit the scene, possibly twice, to search again to make sure that nothing’s been missed.
There was nothing present that would provide any identifying information or that could narrow down the time or cause of death.
From all indications, the remains have been there for some time. Gardner said the forensic anthropologists estimated that it might have been as long as five years.
They do know of one missing persons case out of Surry County with connections to Carroll, but that man did not fall within the age range estimated at the scene, Gardner and Kemp said. There’s nothing yet to indicate that these remains might be his.
Without results from the medical examiner’s office, investigators could not say whether the subject met with foul play or died of natural causes.
“I’m just hoping they can tell us something about it,” Gardner said.