Human remains found in Alamance County

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BURLINGTON, N.C. -- Authorities are investigating human remains that were found in a wooded area in Northern Alamance County. 

Alamance County Sheriff's Office spokesman Randy Jones said deputies responded to a wooded, rural area off Union Ridge Road around 6 p.m. Wednesday after a hunter reported finding human bones. 

Jones said the remains are believed to be human, but no determinations have been made about the identity, gender, age, or cause of death. 

"At this point in time we don't have a cause of death, so we don't know if we're looking at a homicide or what the situation is," Jones said.  "Our policy is that any time we have an unattended death or a death scene like this, we conduct it as if it is a homicide until we know different -- and that's the only proven thing you can do."

Jones said it could be days before detectives are able to identify the remains, which are being sent to the Medical Examiner's Office in Chapel Hill. 

The SBI is assisting in the investigation. 

No other details were provided.