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Human remains found in Pfafftown sent to private lab for identification

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Jason Mitchell and Mary Mitchell

FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. – The human remains found in a backyard in Pfafftown have not been identified and will be sent to a private lab for identification.

The remains will be sent to a private lab in Virginia for further analysis, according to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators found the remains June 26 at 3555 Brookbank Drive in Pfafftown. The house is owned by Jason Michael Mitchell, 34, and Mary Utleye Mitchell, 48.

The Mitchells have been charged with one count each of felonious destruction of a human body or remains to conceal a death.

Arrest warrants for the couple report the pair “feloniously did conceal a death of a person and failed to notify a law enforcement authority of the death and secretly buried and disposed of the dead human body, knowing or having reason to know the body or human remains are of a person that did not die of natural causes.”

The warrants also report the offense took place sometime between Feb. 6 to June 26.

The Mitchells owned four other properties in Winston-Salem on Motor Drive, Pebblebrook Road and Heathrow Drive, according to Forsyth County Register of Deeds documents.

There is no word from authorities on if those properties have been searched.

Chief Deputy Brad Stanley said further charges against the couple will depend on the identity and autopsy results of the human remains.