Human skeletal remains found in Fayette County

FAYETTE COUNTY, Pa. — Human skeletal remains were found Tuesday in Fayette County.

The remains were found in the area of Hogsett Lane in North Union Township, state police said.

Police said the remains were found after investigators received information on a missing person.

“I can confirm there is a missing person’s investigation out of Uniontown for a missing girl; it’s too early to tell the identity,” said Fayette County District Attorney Mike Aubele.

The sad and alarming news quickly spread throughout the community.

“My hair stood up on the back of my neck and I feel sorry for the family’s loss, whoever it may be,” said Carol of Uniontown.

Cadaver dogs could be seen searching the property.

The county DA said the house where the buried bones were found has been abandoned for at least five years.

“The body was located about 50 feet from the house in an area close to the creek,” Aubele said. “The skeleton was partially exposed.”

Donald Sabatula lives less than a half a mile away and heard about the gruesome discovery as he was walking his dog.

“It’s kind of crazy to come home from work and find out something like this is going on in your backyard,” Sabatula said. “For something like this to happen, it’s scary.”

Aubele said DNA and forensic testing will have to be done to find out who the person was and how the person died. He said that will take some time, but they’ll have a better idea of just how long when the anthropologist goes out to the property Wednesday morning to examine the bones.

The investigation is active. A forensic anthropologist is assisting with examining the remains.

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