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Identity Of Body Is Still A Mystery

Sheriff’s detectives consulted a forensic anthropologist Thursday for help in retrieving a human body discovered south of Spokane.

A man walking his dog found the near-skeletal remains in a shallow grave near Hangman Valley Golf Course on Wednesday morning. Detectives are treating the case as a homicide.

Sheriff’s Lt. John Simmons said detectives called the anthropologist for a “few pointers” in retrieving the body, which is badly decomposed. It may take two more days until the corpse is removed, Simmons said.

Evidence experts will be sifting the soil in the grave for clues, including pieces of clothing.

Investigators have no leads in the case. Detectives still do not know the age or gender of the victim or how the person died. An autopsy will be performed once the remains are removed.

On Thursday, volunteers combed the wooded area where the body was discovered looking for evidence.

, DataTimes MEMO: The body was identified as Darla Sue Scott.

The body was identified as Darla Sue Scott.

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Then and Now: Comstock Park

James M. Comstock, born in 1838 in Wisconsin, arrived in Spokane in time to witness the great fire of 1889 and start Spokane Dry Goods with Robert Paterson. It became the Crescent, Spokane’s premier department store for a century. He also worked in real estate and owned other businesses. He served a term as Spokane mayor, starting in 1899. James Comstock died in 1918.