Police: Skeletal remains in Yorktown were there for years

Police work to identify skeletal remains found in Yorktown

YORKTOWN, Va. (WVEC) -- Police are currently classifying skeletal human remains that were found in a wooded area of Yorktown as a "suspicious death," and say that person's body had been there for years.

The remains were found around 6:30 p.m. Friday, off Goosley Road. The York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office closed Goosley between Leigh Road and Crawford Road as they investigated and exhumed the remains.  Goosley Road reopened on Saturday afternoon.

Investigators say they do not believe these remains are connected to the Colonial Parkway missing persons cases from the 1980s, but that the remains had been there for some time, possibly several years. 

Captain Troy Lyons said the skeletal remains appear to be that of an 18 to 25-year-old man. Clothing items were recovered, as well as an identification card that belonged to a white male.

Police are not releasing the name until the medical examiner can positively ID the body, and next-of-kin are notified. Positive identification "may take some time."

Captain Lyons said the individual is not believed to be connected to any known missing persons case.

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