The Wilkesboro Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in efforts to identify the person whose remains were found Thursday evening in woods near the U.S. 421 West retail corridor.

Wilkesboro Police Chief Craig Garris said anyone with information they believe could be relevant to the investigation is asked to call the Wilkesboro Police Department at 336-667-7277. He said the person had been deceased for several months because the remains were nearly skeletal.

Investigators believe the remains are those of a white male of average height and hope to learn more about the identity and cause of death from an autopsy to be conducted by a state medical examiner, said Garris, adding that there is no indication of foul play.

He said the body was clothed in a green jacket, khaki-colored pants, brown cross-trainer-type boots and a burgundy-colored toboggan with a yellow stripe around it. The remains were found in what appeared to be a campsite and/or gathering place with bottles and other debris, he said. No identifying information was found.

Wilkesboro Officers P.M. Brown and Matthew Osborne found the body while responding to a call at 7:21 p.m. Thursday about a tent in woods near Mountain View Apartments, which is northwest of the Big Lots store and south and west of Winkler Mill Road.

Brown said the caller stated that an individual was staying in woods between the apartments and the Lowes Foods supermarket. Lowes is adjacent to Big Lot and both of those businesses front U.S. 421 West.

There were no hands or head with the body when officers first discovered it, but on Friday investigators found the head about 20 feet from the remains and later a hand nearby. He said these were in the same state of decomposition as the rest of the body.

Investigators remained on the scene overnight and were there until Friday afternoon looking for evidence. The State Bureau of Investigation is assisting at the request of the Wilkesboro Police Department.

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