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Police in Carbon County launch homicide investigation after human remains found in woods

Published On: Feb 02 2014 05:12:51 AM CST
Updated On: Feb 02 2014 05:44:17 PM CST

Human remains found

JIM THORPE, Pa. -

Crews called out to a brush fire in Carbon County made a disturbing discovery, In the wooded area they found human remains. This all unfolded Saturday morning in Jim Thorpe. State Police say this is a homicide investigation.

Flagstaff Road in Jim Thorpe, Carbon County has a reputation for being dangerous. But folks living in the area say first responders usually find cars over the edge, not bodies.

"We've lost a few people up here in cars from the area," shared Ron Graver.

He says rescue crews and police had the road blocked off for most of the day Saturday. It was clear they were investigating something.

"You just couldn't go over the mountain, they had it shut off both ways," Graver explained. "And they were here till late, I mean it wasn't till late till the road was opened back up."

State police say firefighters were called to the area Saturday morning for a reported brush fire, but down the steep embankment they discovered the remains. Authorities tell us the body is severely burned, but troopers say it appears to be a woman. State Police are investigating it as a homicide.

"This is very not normal," added Gravers.

Neighbors say they're shaken by the crime. We're told officers walked door to door asking if folks saw anything suspicious Friday night.

"Hope they find out what happened here," Gravers said.

The Carbon County Coroner says the body was examined Saturday night, and he will do as much of an autopsy as he can Monday morning. If you have any information about this homicide call State Police at 610-377-4270.