LEE COUNTY, Ala. (WTVM) - Dogs in Lee County have found human remains and brought them back to their home just outside Opelika.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office was called to a residence in the 4000 block of US Highway 280/431 just east of Opelika at approximately 8:47 p.m. on July 21.
Deputies found what appeared to be a human skull and a single vertebra.
Officials say that the condition of the remains do not indicate an incident that took place recently.
The dogs who retrieved the remains are owned by the person who called law enforcement. It is unclear at this time where the dogs found the remains.
Lee County Coroner Bill Harris said a search of the area did not yield any results.
“It is like looking for a needle in a haystack. The property involves over 100 acres and the property next to that is over 240 acres,” said Harris.
The remains are being sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences in Montgomery for analysis, where Harris hopes DNA can be extracted and give investigators a starting point.