Greene County Sheriff’s deputies and the Arkansas State Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the discovery of human remains in Oak Grove Heights over the Labor Day weekend.
According to information made available by Greene County Sheriff Steve Franks, deputies were dispatched to Lee Street in Oak Grove Heights regarding the discovery of possible human remains at about 4:55 p.m. Saturday.
“This man was out mowing his yard,” Franks said Wednesday, “and he saw something white in the woods over by the tree line.”
The individual went to investigate, and saw that the white object appeared to be skeletal remains. “So he called 911,” Franks said.
Upon the deputy’s arrival the caller led him to a small overgrown area behind the residence. At that point, according to information Franks made available, the deputy was able to determine that the remains did appear to be human.
“When we got out there,” Franks said, “we saw tennis shoes, shorts and bones, but we didn’t find any identification at all.”
The sheriff said the Greene County coroner had removed the remains and sent them to the state crime laboratory for examination and possible identification.
“We hope to be able to get DNA for a possible match,” he said. “We don’t have any idea how long it’s been there. We are looking into reports of missing persons as well.”
According to Franks, the department will release further information in the course of the investigation as it becomes available.