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Human Remains Found in Mo. Yard

August 20, 2006

DREXEL, Mo. (AP) _ Investigators planned to resume the search for human remains in a rural Missouri yard on Sunday, a day after authorities announced that bone fragments from at least two people were found there.

Sheriff’s officials said the bodies of as many as six people could have been dumped on the three-acre wooded property northeast of Drexel in western Missouri.

``They have not started digging at all so far,″ Cass County Sheriff’s Cpl. Kevin Tieman said Saturday. ``What’s on the surface is what they have found so far.″

The deaths appeared to be drug-related and were not ``random acts,″ Tieman said. He estimated the deaths occured over five years, and said the most recent remains were several months old.

The remains did not appear to be related to any ongoing investigations, he said. Deputies working an unrelated theft case received a tip about the remains, Tieman said.

One man was arrested Friday and taken into custody on unrelated charges. Tieman would not identify that man or say if he owned the property where the remains were discovered.

An anthropologist identified two separate sets of remains from the bone fragments, which were found Friday, Tieman said.

The Kansas City Crime Lab and the Jackson County Medical Examiner were assisting.

Mary Wilson, 48, of Drexel, said she wasn’t surprised to hear there was a possible drug connection to the deaths.

``We’re starting to get more and more drugs down here because people are coming down from the city,″ she said. ``It’s a quiet little town, something like this happens, and it’s big news.″

Drexel, a town of about 1,100, is 55 miles south of Kansas City, a few miles from the Kansas border.

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