Crossville police seek help in identifying human remains

Crossville police seek public's help in identifying human remains

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The backpack with a cross painted on the back and the remains of its owner were discovered a mile off the trail. The backpack with a cross painted on the back and the remains of its owner were discovered a mile off the trail.
They hope some of the items may provide clues, like the batteries in his pack that expired in 2010. They hope some of the items may provide clues, like the batteries in his pack that expired in 2010.
If you recognize the belongings or have any information please call the Crossville Police Department at 931-484-7231. If you recognize the belongings or have any information please call the Crossville Police Department at 931-484-7231.
Crossville police are asking the public to take a look at the items, like the harmonica, in the hopes someone can put a name to their owner. Crossville police are asking the public to take a look at the items, like the harmonica, in the hopes someone can put a name to their owner.

By ALEXIS ZOTOS
6 News Reporter

CROSSVILLE (WATE) -  Crossville police are being flooded with phone calls from across the country after the discovery of human remains.

Members of a Morristown Boy Scout troop discovered the bones over the weekend at Cumberland County Mountain State Park.

Now police are asking for the public's help to identify the remains.

Caked in mud and deteriorating from the elements are the clues that police hope may lead them to answers.

"Just from what we found there, the type of clothing we found, we feel safe saying its male, anything other than that is hard to say," explained Major Mark Rosser, with Crossville Police Department.

The backpack and the remains of its owner were discovered a mile off the trail.

"It looked like whoever was staying here had a make-shift camp area underneath the bluff," explained Maj. Rosser.

The camp was well off the beaten path.

"We we're just pulling bones out. There was a lot of animal activity, bones were scattered around the scene," he said.

At this point police don't know the cause of death, but say it doesn't appear to be foul play.

"At this time were having a hard time determining that, I can't say that is, it looks more like natural, possibly from the elements," said Rosser.

Police believe the remains could have been there a while.

"It looked like he has been there for quite some time, possibly a year to several years," Rosser explained.

They hope some of the items may provide clues, like the batteries in his pack that expired in 2010.

Crossville police are asking the public to take a look at the items, like the harmonica, in the hopes someone can put a name to their owner.

"He had a cross painted on his backpack, that if somebody knew him, maybe they could recognize his backpack or some of his belongings

While the clues of his death may be scarce, Crossville police believe the man might have been homeless and are asking around at local shelters showing some of the more unique items like that harmonica.

"We may never find out what happened to this given the state this individual was found in," he said.

They are looking at several missing person cases locally and as well as several across the country. The remains have been sent to Tennessee Bureau of Investigation lab in Nashville where they will attempt to identify the individual through dental records or DNA

"This was probably someone's husband, brother, son,"  Rosser explained. "We're hoping we might be able to find out who this individual is and get some peace for their family."

If you recognize the belongings or have any information please call the Crossville Police Department at (931) 484-7231.

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