Human remains found in southeast Iowa's Lee County

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(Lee County, IA) -- Tests are underway to identify human remains found in southeast Iowa's Lee County. A property owner found remains near West Point Iowa, September 5th.

On September 8, 2021 an additional search was conducted by the West Point Fire Department, WPPD, LCSO, DCI and members of a K-9 search and rescue organization. No other human remains were located during the search and additional searches were scheduled.

On September 11, 2021 the property owner conducted a large scale brush clearing operation of the property to assist law enforcement with the search for additional human remains.

On September 12, 2021 the property owner located additional human remains and law enforcement agencies and the Lee County Medical Examiner Investigator responded and investigated. Personal items were also found, but final identification will be made using DNA analysis.

The human remains were transported to the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy, examination and identification.

Investigators say there did not appear to be any signs of foul play, and there are no apparent threats or dangers to the general public related to the incident.

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