Police investigating human remains found off of the Appalachian Trail in West Virginia

Photos of articles of clothing found with human remains in West Virginia provided by West Virginia State Police
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JEFFERSON COUNTY, W.Va. (WHSV) — West Virginia State Police say they recovered human remains not far off the Applachian Trail on Tuesday, April 7.

According to police, workers with a tree trimming service that was working in the Harpers Ferry area of Jefferson County on April 7 found a human skull and contacted authorities.

West Virginia state troopers, the United States Park Police, lue Ridge Search and Rescue Volunteer Team, and the Medical Examiner responded to the scene, where they recovered human remains and the clothing of an uknown person.

Police said the body had on a blue “Montgomery Ward” dress shirt, red jacket with a stripe across the chest, elastic cuffs and waistband, white Puma shoes (high-tops, size 10) and a necklace with an image of “Saint Mary” and the following saying: “O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee."

On Friday, April 10, police say they conducted a more extensive search of the area where the remain were found and recovered more clothing and items, including a white sock with three red rings and a crucifix.

Investigation is ongoing to try to identify the person. If you have any information about the investigation, you're asked to contact Trooper First Class M.C. Morgan or Sergeant Chumley at 304-725-9779 or 304-725-9770.