Human remains found at Campbell County home during welfare check

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LAFOLLETTE, Tenn. (WATE) — UPDATE (8 p.m. Wednesday) — Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officials said they no longer believed the human remains found at a residence in Campbell County were scavenged by a bear.

TWRA saying there were no signs of a black bear as initially reported, but they did set a trap for a bear just in case; they do believe another sort of animal to be involved.

The investigation is ongoing.

EARLIER:

LAFOLLETTE, Tenn. (WATE) — Human remains were found Tuesday night at a residence in Campbell County.

According to the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office the remains were found at a home on North Highway 25W in the Morley area. Deputies were called to a home in the area for a welfare check when a deceased individual was discovered.

Approximately three weeks ago, a missing person report was filed on an individual from the area. Investigators have been on scene all night and through most of the day today. The death is under investigation and the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office will continue to assist the TBI during the investigative process. If more information becomes available, we will make an additional release.

Campbell County Sheriff Robbie Goins

It isn’t certain if the remains are that of the missing person.

According to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, a black bear was found scavenging on the deceased human body in a wooded area behind the residence.

A TWRA wildlife officer was notified about the incident Wednesday morning and a bear trap has been set in the area of the incident. The victim’s body has been taken for an autopsy and the incident remains under investigation by TWRA, TBI, and CCSO.

This is a developing story and we will provide you more information as it becomes available.

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