Medical Examiner's Office to perform autopsy on skeletal remains found in Hurricane, WV

HURRICANE, WV (WOWK) - UPDATE: 3.5.2018 @ 2:59 P.M.

According to detectives with the Putnam County Sheriff's Department, skeletal remains found on Saturday have been transported to the Medical Examiner's Office in Charleston.

An autopsy is scheduled for either Monday, March 5 or Tuesday, March 6.

Detectives said a total of seven people are reported missing in the area.  They are currently going through the processes of ruling out those missing people based on the condition of the remains and other factors.

Stay with 13 News for more on this developing story.


UPDATE: 3.3.2018 @ 7:45 P.M.

The Putnam County Sheriff's Department sent out the following release concerning the possible human remains found on Saturday.

On Saturday, March 3, 2018 at approximately 1500 hrs, a hunter discovered what appears to be Human Remains along State Route 34 near Tacketts Branch Road and Whirlwind Storage Units. Putnam County Sheriffs Department Crime Unit is still on scene processing the evidence. Unknown at this time sex, age and other identifying characteristics.

We will update with the latest information as it becomes available.


ORIGINAL: 3.3.2018

Just before 3 p.m. on Saturday, Putnam County Deputies say what they believe to be human remains were discovered.

According to Deputy Eric Hayzlett the remains were found behind Whirlwind Storage in a wooded area in Hurricane, WV. 

According to Hayzlett, due to darkness the department is securing the scene, and will return in the morning for further investigation.

We will update with the latest information as it becomes available.


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