Investigators working to identify skeletal remains found in Brown Summit

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BROWNS SUMMIT, N.C. -- Buzzards and blue jeans, that's what a man says led him to a deadly discovery. Deputies say a crew cutting trees in Browns Summit found human remains in a wooded area on Autumn Forest Drive at around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Deputies, a K-9 unit and the SBI have been investigating the scene, trying to learn how the remains wound up in the middle of a field. It was a scene that was very out of the ordinary for people who live in the area.

“Usually we just walk up and down this road, it’s very quiet along this road,” Chadwick King said.

More surprising than the scene was the reason for it. Skeletal remains found in this secluded area near the Autumn Forest Mobile Home Park.

“The fact that it was a skeleton that means it was here for a while, that’s a long time,” Deonte Williams said.

Deputies are not sure exactly how long the body has been out here, but say it's probably been months.

“I work out here all of the time and there’s always kids out here. What if a kid would have found that body?” Brandon Marsh said.

The Guilford County Sheriff's Office is calling the discovery suspicious and has opened an investigation.

“Just the fact that it’s out in a field by itself and just the way that it’s out there makes us think that,” Chief Deputy Col. Randy Powers said.

Powers also says the area is outside of the beaten path.

“I don’t think it’s an area people would normally travel around. I don’t think it’s necessarily hidden, but it’s not an area people normally travel around,” he said.

Now neighbors want to know who this person was and how they wound up here.

Investigators are waiting on more information from the medical examiner. They have not been able to determine the gender or the ethnicity of the person.

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