Authorities say human remains found at a scrapyard in Metter came from a funeral home, where an owner says they had been stored for decades. Investigators are awaiting autopsy results on the remains found Friday.
Candler County Sheriff John Miles said the remains "do not appear to be recently deceased" and said there is no imminent danger to the public, but his office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Region 5 Office in Statesboro are anticipating an autopsy will reveal more about the matter.
GBI Region 5 Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge Lindsay Smith said Monday that the holidays have delayed the autopsy, and "until the remains are examined by the GBI medical examiner," no further details would be released.
Miles and Candler County sheriff's deputies responded Friday afternoon to Scrap Partners Recycling on Addleston Road in Metter, where Miles initially said "a suspicious package" was found.
Bulloch County sheriff's investigators also responded to assist, and the GBI was called to the scene as well.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Monday in a news release that it is attempting to identify three sets of remains discovered in containers delivered Friday to the scrapyard.
The GBI says a skull and other bones were found among the remains. The containers were taken to the scrapyard by workers who found them while tearing down a shed behind a local funeral home.
The GBI says an owner of the funeral home told investigators bodies had been stored in the shed at least since the early 1990s. Apparently, they were never claimed by family.
The case remains under investigation, and further details will be released when available.
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414. The Associated Press contributed to this report.