Burned human remains discovered in West Alton

WEST ALTON, Mo. - Authorities in St. Charles County are working to determine the identity of burned human remains that were discovered Tuesday in the West Alton area.

According to Val Joyner, a spokeswoman for the St. Charles County Police Department, a bystander driving to work noticed the remains and contacted police around 7 a.m. Officers were dispatched to the Maple Island Access—not far from the Melvin Price Locks and Dam—where they located the remains.

The St. Charles County Medical Examiner's Office will conduct an autopsy to determine a cause of death as well as identify the remains.

The Maple Island Access is known for fishing, as well as watching bird and wildlife. There's a boat ramp and walking paths all around the area. Police hope somebody can provide answers to this mystery.

"So someone who works in the area called and notified 911 … and the officers came out," Joyner said. "We are working with the medical examiner's office to identify if it's a woman (or) if it's a man, and also the cause of death, and we're also trying to figure out the person's identification soon because we need to notify the family."

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the St. Charles County Crime Tips Line at 636-949-3002.

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