Sunday November 4, 2007
Madison County authorities have two missing persons cases open. The discovery of skeletal remains Saturday has them re-examining those cases and anxiously awaiting a report from the medical examiner.
"We determined that there is at least a little bit of a chance that it may be related to one of the cases," says Sgt. Shawn Hill with the Madison County Sheriff's Department.
If that's the case, the body could have been laying in the woods for years. Sergeant Hill says the remains have to be analyzed by medical examiners in Fairfax County before they'll know exactly what they're dealing with.
"Obviously, when somebody has been out exposed to the elements for a period of time that makes that a little more difficult and it could take some time to get that information back," Hill says.
Madison County will never be mistaken for a bustling metropolis. In fact, much of the county is wooded. So wooded, the Sheriff's Department says it's not surprising that a body could go unnoticed for months, or even years in those woods.
Sergeant Hill adds that at this point, they've done everything they can do, and this difficult investigation now lies in the hands of the experts in Northern Virginia.
"This is not a normal case, and it depends on what they're going to need to do to make certain determinations. I mean, it very well could be an extended period of time before we have that [victim's identity]."
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