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Police seek help identifying skeletal remains

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The Louisa County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in identifying skeletal remains that were discovered in a wooded area over the weekend.

Lt. Jeff Sims of the sheriff’s office said that deputies responded to a wooded area around 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Gum Springs, just off of Shephard Spring Drive in Louisa.

He said hunters came upon the human remains that morning and called it in to police.

A preliminary investigation revealed that the cause of death appears to be a suicide, but authorities don’t know who the victim is or how long he or she has been there.

“It looks like a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” he said.

The clothing on the remains had deteriorated, but a handgun and a Bible were found with it, Sims said. Car keys that police think belong to a Jeep vehicle made between 1999 and 2003 were also found nearby, he said.

Sims said that the body could have been there as early as 2007 because that’s when the land in that area had been cleared and burned. Due to the decomposition, he said it has been there for at least a year.

Authorities believe it is a male, but will be sending the remains from the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Richmond to the office in the Tidewater area, where they have an anthropologist who can confirm it.

Anyone with information on who this may be is asked to call the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office at 540/967-1234.

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