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UPDATE: Human remains found in Shawano County


The Shawano County Sheriff says investigators are working to identify human remains found near Shawano.

The sheriff says a group of teenagers discovered them on the south side of Peach Road in the Town of Richmond on Saturday.

Marley Tejeda, 13, says she and her cousin were going on a walk Saturday evening when they made the startling discovery.

"We didn't really want to see that, we kind of just did," said Tejeda.

She says they found what looked like human remains.

"I just thought it was going to be like a joke," said Tejeda. "Then I called my mom over and she looked at it and she told me it was real and then she called 911."

Shawano County Sheriff Randall Wright says deputies arrived on scene just after 5:30 p.m. Saturday night.

Investigators roped off the area and began collecting evidence.

The sheriff says they combed over the scene into the morning.

"The remains, artifacts and evidence have been sent for forensic exam and autopsy to the Wisconsin Crime Lab for further examination and identification," said Wright.

Wright says the department is handling this case as a homicide and is is waiting on test results before releasing any more information.

Now knowing the remains are real, Tejeda says she hopes there's an upside to their discovery.

"It's better that we found it and the same way it isn't because it's kind of creepy, but then for the family, it's a lot better," said Tejeda.

She says she hopes this will bring a family closure.

Wright says the Shawano Police Department, State Patrol, the Department of Criminal Investigation and the Wisconsin Crime Lab were among some of the organizations that helped with the investigation.


Shawano County Sheriff's Department officials say human remains were found there Saturday evening.

Officials say the investigation is ongoing. No further information is available at this time.

The Shawano County Sheriff's Department will be hosting a press conference on Sunday afternoon.

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