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UPDATE: Hunter says he found human remains in Apison

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APISON, TN (WRCB) -

UPDATE: The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office responded to information of possible human remains located in the 4500 block of Clonts Road in Apison.  

The remains have been identified as human. The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office requested, through the Hamilton County Medical Examiner's Office, the assistance of the Forensic Anthropology Center: UT Knoxville to assist in the recovery of the remains.  

The remains will be transferred to the Forensic Anthropology Center at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville for identification. 


PREVIOUS STORY: An Apison man called deputies after finding what he believes to be human remains.
    
The bones were found in a wooded area on Clonts Road in Apison. Hamilton County Sheriff Deputies closed the road Friday afternoon and it will remain closed through the rest of the day.
    
Officials have been on the scene all day looking for answers.

The man who found the human remains was walking in the woods behind his house. He wasn't using his normal walking trail and came upon something he had never seen before.

"Going through a new place I had never been, and I just happened to walk up on it," Charles Crowden said.
    
Crowden was moving a tree stand in the woods behind his house. The same wooded area where a tornado caused severe damage in 2011

"You have to be right at it to see anything, it's thick," Crowden said, "Real thick down in there and old timber broke down and stuff you know."
    
Crowden says at the time he was in disbelief, but he's sure that what he found in the woods are human remains.

"I saw the boot the first thing and then the bones," he said, "And I wasn't sure if it was human bones you know, until I looked closer and when I figured for sure it was, I didn't bother anything then."
    
He says what is bothering him the most is what he found near the remains.

"There was a gun there," Crowden said, "Partly broke down you know you could see the chamber and shell in itbut I don't know if it had been shot or not."
    
But Crowden hopes the family who lost a loved one can now receive some closure.

"Yeah they need to find out about it and how it happened and all," Crowden said, "It's odd. A mystery deal."


PREVIOUS STORY: The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office tells Channel 3 that a hunter called their office Thursday afternoon just before 4:00pm reporting he found what appeared to be human bones in a wooded area on Clonts Road in Apison.  

Deputies responded to the scene along with the Criminal Investigation Division to initiate the investigation which is ongoing.



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