Hunters stumble upon human remains and rifle near farm field in Lower Windsor Township

Written by Ted Czech and Shelly Stallsmith/The York Daily Record | Dec 29, 2017 5:46 AM

Lower Windsor Township Police Chief Tim Caldwell and York County Detective Doug Demangone talk near the spot off Salem Church Road where human remains were found early Thursday morning. (Photo: Ted Czech, York Daily Record)

(York) -- Hunters discovered human remains, pieces of clothing and a rifle in a copse of trees early Thursday morning in Lower Windsor Township, launching an investigation into the person's identity and what caused the death.

The York County Coroner's Office and Lower Windsor Township Police were called to the area, located in a farmer's field off Salem Church Road, at 12:49 a.m., York County Coroner Pam Gay said.

Lower Windsor Township Police Chief Tim Caldwell said two men, hunting for fox -- the practice of night-time hunting for predators is legal, he said -- when they came upon the evidence.

Caldwell said he believes the remains have been there for several years.

He added that "badly decomposed" doesn't begin to describe the body.

"All we have are some bones, clothing fragments and a firearm," he said.

On Thursday, the chief stressed the investigation's priority is to identify the remains, and Gay agreed.

"We may have to get a forensic dentist involved," Gay said Thursday..

"We're going to all go back (to the scene) and get evidence," Gay said Thursday. "We want to ID who this is. That's a tedious process."

On Thursday afternoon, Caldwell said he could not release the caliber, make and model of the rifle found at the scene.

Caldwell said the York County District Attorney's Office was also assisting in the investigation.

Anyone with information in the case are asked to call Lower Windsor Township Police at 717-244-8055 or 911.

This story comes to us through a partnership between WITF and The York Daily Record

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