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Skeletal Remains Found South Of Sturgis
By: Mike Stiles - Tuesday, July 9, 2019

(top photo) Sturgis Director of Public Safety Geoffrey Smith speaks during a press conference Tuesday afternoon. (bottom photo) The area where the remains were found (pictures courtesy of Mike Stiles/WBET News)

(STURGIS) – Skeletal remains were found south of Sturgis, and investigators say they may be centuries old.

Sturgis Director Of Public Safety Geoffrey Smith says his department was called to South Nottawa Road, just to the south of Burr Oak Tool around 11 AM Tuesday. Smith explains what was happening when the remains were found. ...... {LISTEN}.

Michigan State Police Crime Lab personnel along with the Western Michigan University Anthropology Unit were called in to assist with the investigation. Smith says the experts from the Michigan State Police Crime lab and the Western Michigan University Anthropology Unit are saying these are human remains, but further testing must be done to officially confirm that.

Based on what the anthropologists are saying, Smith says it appears the remains are old. Until they are carbon dated, police won't have an exact time, but Smith says they are sure they are not recent remains.

When the word got out that skeletal remains had been found, Smith says his office received several calls about the possibility of it being Brittany Bears. Smith says the anthropologists say these are not newer bones. ...... {LISTEN}.

Smith says the anthropology team will do more testing on the bones to determine an age and when they may have been buried there.

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