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Human remains found in Roseburg

Officials said an ODOT crew found the remains while doing routine maintenance work near exit 124 in Roseburg.

Posted: Jun 6, 2018 2:52 PM
Updated: Jun 6, 2018 5:28 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Medical examiners are working to identify a human skull that was found early Wednesday morning in Roseburg.

Officials said the remains were found around 8 a.m. by an Oregon Department of Transportation crew.

The crew was doing routine maintenance work on I-5 northbound at exit 124 when they found the skull on a hillside.

The Douglas County Medical Examiner and State Medical Examiner's Office were called out and confirmed the skull is human.

“The human skeletal remains were found to be actual human remains," said Oregon State Police Lieutenant Steve Mitchell. "We found at least one bone. We are now in the process of having the County Medical Examiner work with the State Medical Examiner’s office to try to identify who the skeletal remains may be.”

Mitchell said the remains are skeletal, meaning the person didn't die any time recently.

Search and rescue crews were called to comb the area to try to find any additional remains.

They were unable to find any other bones.

This is an ongoing investigation, and KEZI will have updates as more information comes in.

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