Re­mains dis­cov­ered:

Re­mains found in brush be­lieved to be from one per­son.

Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE - ByJazmine Ul­loa jul­loa@states­man.com Con­tact Jazmine Ul­loa at 4453763. Twit­ter: @jazmineul­loa

Austin po­lice say they have be­gun an in­ves­ti­ga­tion to de­ter­mine the iden­tity of a per­son whose re­mains were found this week in a wooded area in South­east Austin.

Po­lice say they have be­gun an in­ves­ti­ga­tion to de­ter­mine the iden­tity of a per­son whose re­mains were found this week in a wooded area in South­east Austin.

A crew of con­struc­tion work­ers came across what was later con­firmed to be a hu­man bone while they sur­veyed a pri­vate prop­erty about 2:30 p.m. Tues­day in the 7100 block of East River­side Drive near Ben White Boule­vard.

Search-and-res­cue teams combed through the 9-acre tract Wed­nes­day and found more re­mains in the brush, said Austin po­lice Sgt. Scott Eh­lert of the homi­cide unit.

All of the bones are be­lieved to be from one per­son, po­lice said. They have been col­lected and de­liv­ered to the Travis County med­i­cal ex­am­iner’s of­fice, where an au­topsy will be per­formed Thurs­day. The au­topsy could shed light on the cause of death and age of the bones, po­lice said.

The prop­erty own­ers are co­op­er­at­ing with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and are not be­lieved to be in­volved, po­lice said.

Eh­lert said de­tec­tives will be scour­ing through un­solved homi­cide and miss­ing per­sons cases to start the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion process. In­ves­ti­ga­tors also will be look­ing for a DNA and dental records match.

“At this point we do not have the age, race or sex of the per­son, and we don’t really have any­thing at this point to de­ter­mine what caused the death,” he said Wed­nes­day at a news con­fer­ence. “We have a long way to go.”

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