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Recent brush fire, farm work lead to discovery of human remains in As Gonno

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(DPS) — A recent brush fire and farm work led to the discovery on Sunday of human remains in As Gonno, the Department of Public Safety announced Tuesday afternoon.

At 5:47 p.m., Sunday, DPS said it received a 911 call reporting the discovery of human remains.

Officers met with the Historic Preservation Office who confirmed that the remains are not from the ancient/war era.

Police learned that the owner of the land was conducting some farming work when he felt something was out of the ordinary. The individual then walked around his property and discovered what looked to be human remains. He immediately contacted the police.

The skeletal remains were found in a part of the property that had just experienced a grass fire a few weeks prior. Observation on the bones that were dug up revealed that there were roots growing in between and around the bones, suggesting that the remains had been there undisturbed, for a couple of years, DPS said.

At this time the department said it is unable to confirm the age, gender, and/or nationality of the remains.

DPS said the case remains ongoing and if you have any information that could aid the investigation no matter how insignificant it may seem, call 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at 664-9042, or if you wish to remain anonymous, call the CNMI Crime Stoppers Hotline at 234-7272.

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