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Identification begins on remains found in woods
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It may take anywhere from several days to several weeks to identify skeletal remains found in Effingham County over the weekend.

The bones were found Saturday afternoon off Rahn Station Road by a hunter. The remains have been sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab for examination, said Sgt. Don White, commander of the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office criminal investigation division.

“We’re waiting on identification,” White said.

If the crime lab can use dental records, identification of the remains could be done in a few days. But if the lab has to use DNA, the identification could take several weeks, White said. The remains appeared to have been on the property before discovery for quite some time, according to White.

No other identifying material was found with the remains.

“It is just bones,” White said.

The ECSO has finished its work at the scene, White added, which was about 400 feet off the road.