Human remains found in wooded area in South Jersey
New Jersey State Police are asking for the public's help in identifying human skeletal remains that were discovered by a hunter in a wooded area of Buena Vista Township, state police said in a press release Thursday evening.
State troopers from the Buena Vista Station, along with detectives from the Major Crime Unit responded to the wooded area at about 10 a.m. Thursday. The location is in proximity to Main Street and U.S. 40 in Atlantic County.
According to authorities, the remains were discovered along with several personal items. Among them: "a black basketball cap with 'Puerto Rico' written in red and blue lettering on the brim and 'Puerto Rico' written multiple times in a circular pattern on the front of the cap, a red windbreaker coat with 'N.Y.C. Lifeguard Dept. of Parks' written on the back, and a green backpack containing a black LG cell phone and prescription eyeglasses."
The New Jersey State Police is asking anyone with knowledge of a person who may have been wearing these items described above to contact the Buena Vista Station at 609-561-1800 ext 3355.
Authorities do not know for certain whether the remains were male or female, although, police say the clothing appeared to belong to a male.
"The clothing was consistent with a male but based on the remains we are unable to determine gender at this time," Lt. Brian Polite, public information officer for the NJ State Police told NJ 101.5 Thursday night.
The deceased's age, how long the remains had been in the wooded area or a possible cause of death have not yet been determined.
"We will be looking to answer the other questions as we progress with the investigation," Polite said.
This is a developing story. We will post additional information as it becomes available.
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