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Update: Human Remains Discovered in West Redding

By Chelsea KAY, @ChelseaKayTv
Published On: Feb 06 2013 07:18:55 PM CST
REDDING, Calif. -

Redding Police Investigators continue recovering human remains found in West Redding.

The remains were spotted by two men who were gold mining about a mile behind Millhouse Deli off of Highway 299 around 2:30 Tuesday afternoon.

Because they were found so late in the day, investigators were not able to fully process the scene. They kept officers there throughout the night to secure the area and then resumed the search for more remains Wednesday morning.

Most of the remains are scattered throughout the canyon, which investigators said was most likely done by an animal.

They told us they have locatedĀ  a handful of bones, including a skull.

They said it's too soon to determine the age or gender of the remains, but that they are not those of a child.

The Shasta County Coroner's Office will work to figure out who the bones belong to. They said they will likely submit the remains to the Human Identification Lab at Chico State University for analysis.

They are hoping dental records will help identify the remains.

Investigators said there is not a transient camp where the bones were found, but that there are some nearby.