A second body has been found during the investigation of human remains found in the woods on Sept. 26 in the town of Portland, New York.
According to the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, a second body was found while police were searching the area after human remains were found in the woods near the Rails to Trails off of Woleben Rd. in the town of Portland, NY.
Officials say that they suspect foul play is involved based on where the bodies were discarded.
“As we were searching for other evidence in the area is when the second set of remains were found,” said Jim Quattrone, Chautauqua County Sheriff.
The Chautauqua County Sheriff said that human remains were found in the woods on September 26th in Portland, New York.
Two days later a second set of remains was discovered.
The sheriff said that for the first set of human remains, the individual has likely been deceased for decades now in a shallow grave.
The sheriff said that this is not the case for the second body.
“They were obviously more recently left here. They were above ground so there’s no burial ground,” said Quattrone.
Police say the remains of the first body appear to be female, and the body has been taken to the Mercyhurst Anthropology Lab in Erie for analysis.
During a search of the area, police discovered a second body, which was also taken to Mercyhurst for further analysis.
“They were able to help us excavate and secure and preserve the scene very meticulously,” said Quattrone.
Quattrone said that at this point investigators do not believe these cases are related, however experts at Mercyhurst think both sets of remains are likely female.
Police also say the first body appears to have been at the location much longer than the second body.
“Both sets of remains are at the Mercyhurst Morgue in North East, Pennsylvania and they’re trying to determine the age and how long they’ve been here,” said Quattrone.
The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office is being assisted by the FBI, Lakewood-Busti PD, Mercyhurst, and Emergency Services in the investigation.
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