Skeletal remains found by inmates in Newport News


by 13News Now

Posted on June 6, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Updated Friday, Jun 6 at 5:38 PM

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NEWPORT NEWS -- Skeletal remains were found in Newport News on Friday.

Officials tell 13News Now the remains were found between two buildings in the 100 block of 25th Street.

Inmates from the city were clearing brush when they discovered the remains.

The body was found behind a building.  The owner of the building says he last checked on his property six months ago.

"We've been told there are homeless people staying in and around the area, so it could very well be a homeless person, we don't know," Newport News spokesman Harold Eley said. 

Lewis Brown lives nearby and walks past the area where the remains were found several times a week.

"It's rather disturbing to know that you've been walking by human remains everyday for three or four months.  I don't know if they've been there that long at least 60 days probably to become a skeleton."

The medical examiner will determine the sex, cause of death and identity.

"There is clothing, the body was fully clothed," Eley said.  "It's badly decomposed and there's skeletal remains.  We don't have any way of knowing at this point in time if we're dealing with a male or female."