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Head, torso found in area where dog found woman's bones, coroner says

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a bird sitting on top of a grass covered forest: Remains found near Beech Drive © Seneca Police Remains found near Beech Drive

A head and a torso were found Monday in an area where a dog found a woman's bones last week, according to Oconee County Coroner Karl Addis.

The investigation began June 17 when officers were called to Asbury Drive in Seneca to meet a homeowner about his dog found a large bone, Police Chief John Covington said.

Covington said the next day, a forensic exam determined the bone was a piece of the remains of a human female.

"We're drawing no conclusions," he said Tuesday. "This could be a homeless person that died of natural causes and no one's made a report, it could be someone that fell prey to being a victim of a murder in this jurisdiction or another there's just too many possibilities."

The coroner said the remains found were a right pelvic bone and a right femur.

Additional remains were found June 19 during a search near Sherwood and Robinhood drives.

On Monday, Addis said searchers found a head and a torso off Beech Drive. An autopsy will be done Thursday on those remains, Addis said. He said both the head and the torso were decomposed, so determining the identity of the body will be challenging.

Addis said a preliminary investigation shows the remains are of a Caucasian woman and the death most likely occurred within the last few months up to approximately one year.

He also said the woman's height is estimated to be 5 feet, 1 inch up to 5 feet, 7 inches tall and the estimated age range is 25 to 45 years old.

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