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Oneida police confirm remains found near creek are human

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Police confirm the bones found in Oneida are in fact human. A fisherman called police Tuesday after discovering the remains near a small creek. Our Sarah Hagen spoke with authorities as they work to identify the skeleton.

ONEIDA, N.Y. -- Off the beaten path, an unknown person's skeletal remains are found.

City of Oneida Police Chief David Meeker said, "It looks to be a full skeleton. It will be a long tedious process, taking out bones, sifting through the dirt to make sure we don't miss any evidence. Once everything is out, the next step is to identify the person."

Tuesday, a female fisherman spotted some bones in a small patch of brush, near a creek off of Canal Road in Oneida.

Police were back on the property Wednesday, looking for answers.

"There is some material, not sure what that is at this point. It could be clothing or something that was wrapped around the body," said Meeker.

Another clue was the skeleton's proximity to the road.

Meeker said, "Well, we've never had one of these, from what I am told, when someone does dump a body, it is usually roughly 50 yards of the road and that's close to what we have here."

But it's still a mystery as to how or why the bones were buried in rural Oneida.

"It is unusual to have something like this. It could be a missing person from one of our cases many years ago, or could be someone that was dumped here from another jurisdiction. We have other agencies that have contacted us about their missing person cases, to try to match it up. This is unusual, but it could happen anyplace," said Meeker.

Looking back over the last week, there have been three other incidences where human remains were found in Upstate New York. The Police Chief says there is a connection between the change of seasons, and these grim discovers.

Meeker said, "With the fishing season, the wooded areas that people may be traveling through this time of the year, it is not overgrown and it's easier to spot things, and as the ground settles it may unearth some things and that may be why we get more, this time of year."

Authorities say there are still many unknowns in this investigation, but with the evidence discovered, they believe they will be able to identify the person.

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