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Skeletal remains found in West Manchester Township

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YORK, Pa. (WHTM) -

Authorities are investigating the discovery of human skeletal remains in West Manchester Township, York County.

Coroner Barry Bloss said a tree trimming crew found a skull Monday while working at a wooded area at the intersection of Loucks and Haviland roads. He said the crew immediately stopped working in the area and notified police.

More bones were found when investigators returned to the scene Tuesday. Forensic teams and anthropologists worked throughout the day to salvage the remains, as well as any possible evidence from the private property.

Investigators are still trying to determine who the person is and what happened to them.

"First of all, it's sad. It's sad that somebody ends up in this situation," Chief Deputy Coroner Claude Stabley said. "It's not a hiking trail or anything like that, so therefore it may have remained there quite some time before it was discovered."

The excavating and documentation process is lengthy, but Stabley believes it will provide results.

"We will find out an awful lot," he said. "I don't know if we will find out everything. It will take some time."

Officials said it could take several months, perhaps as long as a year, to make an identification.

They said the remains are not those of a missing baby, 7-month old Hamza Ali, who allegedly was kidnapped and murdered by a Windsor Township man on Aug. 4. Ummad Rushdi, the boyfriend of the baby's mother, is accused of killing the child and hiding his body.


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