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Human remains found in Coeur d’Alene

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 4, 2018

 (Courtesy of Coeur d’Alene Police Department)
(Courtesy of Coeur d’Alene Police Department)

Human remains were found in a deep pit in Coeur d’Alene on Sept. 3, the Coeur d’Alene Police Department announced Thursday.

The remains haven’t been identified, but detectives believe they belonged to a man between 30 and 50 years old.

Two children found bones, a skull and articles of clothes while exploring a quarry on the property of Central Pre-Mix on West Kathleen Avenue, police said.

Central Pre-Mix, a concrete, gravel and sand company, neighbors Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy and is less than a half-mile from the Coeur d’Alene Police Department.

Police believe the remains laid in the pit for two to three years.

“That pit is hundreds of feet deep,” Coeur d’Alene Officer Jared Reneau said. “I knew it was deep, not that deep until I went out there and saw it.”

Police said the remains belonged to a man with a small-to-average build who was missing several teeth. One of the teeth was twisted, police said, but the skull wasn’t fractured.

Clothing found near his remains included a dark-colored Nike T-Shirt and tan and brown Russell athletic shorts.

Police have provided a forensic sketch of what the man may have looked like and are asking for the public’s help. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Jacob Rodgers at (208) 769-2320.

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