April 13, 2021

No ID yet on skeletal remains near Fremont

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FREMONT (MCT) — Skeletal remains found in Mahaska County over the weekend look to be human, but authorities aren’t saying much else.

Around 7 p.m. Saturday, a farmer called law enforcement to report the discovery of skeletal remains in a field in rural Mahaska County near Fremont.

The Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office responded and located what appeared to be human remains, according to a statement from their department.

On Monday, Deputy Scott Miller said the sheriff’s office would not speculate on the possible identity of the remains. It would just be guessing until testing has been completed, the deputy said.

That testing will be conducted by the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s office. The remains have been taken to their facility in Ankeny for an autopsy. A report from the Associated Press states that “a skull and other bones” were discovered, but the sheriff’s office would not verify that.

According to a joint release from the Mahaska County Sheriff and the medical examiner, “officials do not suspect foul play” was involved.

The case remains under investigation by the M.E., the sheriff and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

Miller said citizens who believe they may have information that might prove helpful can call the sheriff’s office at (641) 673-4322.