Sheriff: Mushroom hunters find bag of human remains in Pike County, Ohio

Homicide investigation underway

Sheriff: Mushroom hunters find bag of human remains in Pike County, Ohio
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PIKE COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader says his office is conducting a homicide investigation after the discovery of a bag containing decomposed human remains.

The call came into the dispatch center Monday around 3 p.m. from three mushroom hunters in the area of Buchanon and Trego roads.

The scene is about 30 miles south of Chillicothe and about an hour drive south from Columbus.

Once on scene, deputies found a large bag containing decomposed remains just a few yards off the roadway; the county coroner arrived on scene and confirmed the remains to be human. The sheriff requested the assistance of Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation to process and collect evidence from the scene.

Reader’s office is handling the investigation.

The body will be transported by the Pike County Coroner to Montgomery County for an autopsy. The sheriff and his investigators will attend the autopsy in Montgomery County when it is conducted this week. The gender of the deceased should be confirmed through the autopsy.

An identification has not yet been released.

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