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Child’s bones discovered in wooded area by photographer

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WAYNESVILLE, MO (KTVI)-- The bones of a child were found in a wooded area not far from Waynesville, Missouri.  It all unfolded Saturday when a female photographer discovered the child remains while take photos of fall foliage.

The Pulaski County Sheriff Ron Long called in an expert who determined the child was about 8 to 9 years old.  They cannot tell the sex of the youngster or how the child died.

The bones had been there at least a year, maybe longer. Sheriff Long said in his 34 years of police work this could be one of the most difficult cases he has had to solve.  Long said, “It’s going to be a tough case it’s going to take some time, be slow and meticulous. We have to do first of all find out who the child is and then that will accelerate the process some.”

The body was found about 30 feet from Highway 28 about 3 miles south of Dixon, Missouri. Ever since the news spread about the skeletal remains folks have been calling the sheriff’s office about missing loved ones, especially missing females. At this point the remains do not match any missing people in Pulaski County.  The bones are being sent to Texas for an expert to examine. Sheriff Long said, “We’re trying to find the most expert in the field that can actually look at these, and give us the most finite definition about what happened if we can and what we found down in Texas is what we need."

They will try to recover D.N.A. but even after that is complete they still need to match the sample to another person.

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