BURLEY — Law enforcement officials are releasing few details on human bones discovered in Jerome County.

Jerome County Sheriff Doug McFall said the remains were found within the past few days by a worker preparing an excavation site who walked ahead of the machine to make sure it wouldn’t get stuck.

“We are talking about bones,” he said.

McFall said he doesn’t know whether the remains are male or female. He declined to say exactly when or where the bones were found.

“We’re afraid if we pinpoint it we’ll have people heading out there who will contaminate the scene,” McFall said.

Cassia County Undersheriff George Warrell said the Cassia County Sheriff’s Office is jointly investigating the case with Jerome County Sheriff’s Office.

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“This investigation is continuing and we are trying to positively identify the remains,” Warrell said.

McFall said they are working with the Jerome County coroner, authorities in Ada County and at Boise State University to identify the remains.

“Part of that process of making a positive identification is looking at people who are unaccounted for,” he said. “We try to confirm or eliminate those persons.”

The sheriff’s departments ask anyone with information to call the Cassia County Sheriff dispatch at 208-878-2251 or Jerome County Sheriff’s Office at 208-595-3311.

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