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No clear timeline on remains identification

There is no clear timeline on how long it may take for the state medical examiner in Charleston to determine the identity of the human remains found Sept. 3 in Coopers Rock State Forest.

Monongalia County Sheriff’s Department officials said they will not provide any additional information until the identification has been made.

Chief Deputy Mark Ralston said that while investigators are unable to say when an identification could be made, detectives working the case may reach out to the examiner for an update in a few weeks if they have not heard anything before then.

The remains were found by a hiker, who called the sheriff’s department to report the finding. The department then confirmed the remains were human.

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