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Skeletal Remains Found in Eastern Craighead County near State Line; Body Pulled from River near Pocahontas

SEPTEMBER 29, 2004 - Posted at 3:16 p.m. CDT, updated at 3:46 p.m. CDT, updated at 4:23 p.m. CDT

 

RED ONION, MO - Authorities in eastern Craighead County are trying to determine the identity of partial skeletal remains found late this morning near the Arkansas-Missouri state line, near Red Onion, Missouri. 

Sheriff Jack McCann says a human skull was found by a rabbit hunter.  Authorities were quickly notified, as deputies and other volunteers are currently searching the area looking for additional remains.  It was initially believed that the skull had been found in Craighead County, but further investigation at the scene has since determined that the remains were actually found in Dunklin County, Missouri.  Authorities from Dunklin County and Greene County (AR) have since been called to the scene.

Meanwhile, K8 News has also learned that Randolph County authorities are also trying to determine the identity of a body that was pulled today from the Black River near Pocahontas, according to Sheriff Brent Early.  A K8 News crew at the scene says authorities believe the body to be that of a Hispanic male between the ages of 20 and 40.  The body was found by two fishermen about a half-mile downriver from the bridge at Pocahontas.  Sheriff Early says there are no missing reports of anyone matching the body's description.  The badly decomposed body has been sent to the state crime lab for an autopsy.

K8 News has crews on location in both Red Onion and Pocahontas at this time, and will have more information as it becomes available. 

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