Police find human remains in SW Atlanta

Police found human remains at an abandoned home in southwest Atlanta.

Investigators began searching the home in the 2000 block of Cascade Road on Wednesday and made the discovery Thursday.

“We were in the area following up missing person reports and during the course of our investigation were led to this location,” Atlanta police homicide unit commander Lt. Paul Guerrucci told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Thursday. “Upon further investigation, we did in fact locate what we believe to be human remains.”

Police were not able to identify the person found Thursday and would not say specifically where on the property the remains were found.

“It may be some time before we are able to positively identify those remains,” Guerrucci said. “It may have to be through DNA or various other means based on the state of the [remains].”

Investigators had been working with rescue dogs throughout the area in their efforts to find the missing persons.

Guerrucci said there was no immediate clear picture of how long the remains had been on the site, but said the remains appeared to have been there “several days.”

Police wrapped up the crime scene early Thursday afternoon, and the remains were sent to the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office for evaluation before efforts at identifying the body began.

The investigation is continuing.

Anyone who may have information about the remains is asked to call Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477.

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