Dog brings home femur, remains discovered in woods

Published 7:00 am Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Three months after a skull was brought home to a Pearl River County home by the family dog, the same dog brought home a femur. Both bones are suspected to have come from the same body.
Monday, investigators with the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department were called out to a home in the area of Sycamore Road, Green Tree Road and George Mitchell Road. In August, the dog brought home most of a skull, leading investigators and search teams to attempt to find the body. Pine Grove Volunteer Fire Chief Steve Seal brought his bloodhound out to assist in the search, but that search was unsuccessful. Seal suspects the summer heat and excessive foliage made that attempt more difficult.
Monday, after the dog brought home the femur, Chief Investigator Marc Ogden took a picture of the bone and sent it to an anthropology department, which confirmed it was from a human body, he said.
Ogden said that during Monday’s subsequent search, investigators and volunteers found the location of the rest of the remains, with the help of Seal and his bloodhound. Seal said his bloodhound was able to find the remains because there are fewer odors in the air when the weather is cooler. Cooler weather also results in less foliage.
Seal commended the various departments that worked together to find the remains. Sheriff David Allison said he appreciated the help of Seal, the Pearl River County Emergency Management office and volunteers from the Pine Grove Volunteer Fire Department for their assistance.
While the name of the deceased is being withheld at this time until the identity is confirmed, Ogden did say that investigators suspect the remains belong to a person that’s been missing since 2013.
For more coverage of this case, see Wednesday’s edition of the Item.

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