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Human remains found in Town of Enfield under investigation

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Human remains found in Town of Enfield under investigation
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Only a certain kind of case would attract the State Police, the County Sheriff, local police, and forensic anthropologists, but that's exactly what happened when human remains were discovered in Tompkins County early Thursday morning. Our Lara Greenberg has more on how they are handling the investigation.

ENFIELD, N.Y. -- It all started at 6:45 a.m. Thursday when State Police got a phone call from Halseyville Road in Enfield. Along the side of the road was a set of unidentified human remains.

"At this point in time, we're working with Binghamton University Anthropology Department. Dr. Dawnie Steadman is a forensic anthropologist. She is assisting us, trying to identify the remains, age and to give us any information that can help with the investigation," said Capt. James Barnes of the New York State Police's Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

Right behind me is the area New York State Police say they were investigating all day Thursday to find more remains, which they did. They say right now the case is being treated as a homicide, but once the remains are identified, that all might change.

"We treat it as a suspicious death and we treat all suspicious deaths as a homicide until we prove otherwise. And in this case, we have no reason why these remains would be there," said Barnes.

Barnes says police are no longer searching the area but are conducting other leads and interviewing local residents for more information. He says there's no time frame on how long an investigation like this could take.

"It could take anywhere from days to weeks to months, depending on whether or not we have DNA that's available to us to try and make a match. If that's the case, DNA often takes a period of time before it can be done," said Barnes.

That's in addition to figuring out the cause and manner of this person's death.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact the New York State Police at (607) 347-4440.

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