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PORTLAND – The discovery of remains believed to be those of a human body found in a wooded area in the north of the county will be investigated.

Chautauqua County Sheriff James Quattrone said the remains, found by a person on Sunday evening near Woleben Road in the city of Portland, appeared to be an entire body.

“Someone was looking for lost items and saw something off the trail” Quattrone told The Post-Journal and OBSERVER. “That’s when they saw what appeared to be a human skull.”

The area where the remains were found is near the Alison Wells Ney Nature Trail of the Chautauqua Rails to Trails System.

Late Monday morning, members of the sheriff’s office and the county forensic investigation team could be seen just off the road, about a mile east of Prospect Station Road. A yellow crime scene tape has been placed near where the discovery was made.

In addition to the county’s forensic investigation team, the sheriff’s office said it was receiving on-scene assistance from the Mercyhurst Forensic Anthropology Department. Quattrone said Mercyhurst officials will take the remains for analysis.

“For the moment, there is no timetable for the identification”, Quattrone said.

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