Man discovers human remains near White Sulphur Springs

Local - 4/21/2014 6:00 PM by Stuart Hammer

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS - The human remains recently found in a wooded area in Greenbrier County belonged to a young to middle-aged man, according to authorities.

Officials with the Greenbrier County Sheriff's Office said local man made the discovery Friday afternoon. The remains were found scattered throughout an area just outside of the White Sulphur Springs city limits, a few hundred yards into the thicket.

Ronald DePriest is the neighbor who found the remains.

“I found a leg bone, and a hip bone, and a pair of pants that had like, decayed meat in it. And I knew it was a human body because I know animals body and... There wasn't nothing else left.”

Sgt. Kenny Sawyers of the Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Office is the lead investigator in the case, and was on the scene Friday night.

"It was obvious that it was human remains when I arrived here."

"I scrounging through the weeds there to see if I could find some milk bottles, pop bottles, the old ones, and I walked back down through there and stumbled up on what was left of that body,” said DePriest.

The remains have been sent to the Charleston Office of the Chief Medical Examiner who will try to uncover the cause of death and create leads. Officials say the remains had been there for at least a year, and maybe a few more.

"This could be someone that a known missing person. Lots of times someone hasn't been reported missing that hasn't been seen for a year or so, so yes, anyone that the public thinks has been off the radar for quite some time; we do encourage them to call.”

If you have any information, call the Greenbrier Co. Sheriff’s Office at (304) 647-6634.


ORIGINAL: 4/20/14, 8:18 p.m.

GREENBRIER COUNTY - Authorities in Greenbrier County are launching an investigation after the discovery of human remains in a wooded area. 

A resident made the discovery when he was looking for glass bottles, according to deputies with the Greenbrier County Sheriff's Office. 

The remains sat just outside of White Sulphur Springs city limits -- a few hundred yards into the thicket. 

Deputies are set to discuss the find Monday morning. Stick with Newswatch as more details become available.


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