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Human remains found in Raleigh County

Harper Heights (WVVA) -

A ginseng hunter makes a grisly discovery in Harper Heights.

Police say human remains were found on Tuesday afternoon between Dry Hill Road and Harper Heights.

According to Sheriff Steve Tanner, the remains are believed to be several years old. However, he said there's a strong probability it is the same man who went missing from the Harper Heights area in 2003.

At that time, Tanner said the man was in poor health and may have left home "to deal with his health in his own terms." He said the clothing found on Tuesday matches the outfit the man was wearing when he disappeared in 2003.

Tanner said the department will be reaching out to forensic experts in upcoming days to determine whether mitochondrial DNA testing may be done to make a positive ID. He said he is also working to contact family members.

He is asking anyone with information to contact the Raleigh County Sheriff's Dept., or Crimestoppers at 304-255-STOP.

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