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Remains found near Warm Fork

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Thayer Police Chief David Bailey shows the remains of a skull that has been discovered close to the Warm Fork River in the Thayer city limits. The remains will be sent to a pathologist. He said he does not believe any foul play is involved. Photo by Jan Thompson
THAYER -- The first day on the job brought some excitement and some hard work for new Thayer Police Chief David Bailey.

Bailey said his department was notified by Oregon County Sheriff Tim Ward July 28 that he had received a call from someone that skeletal remains were found along the banks of the Warm Fork River in the Thayer city limits.

Officers from the police department and Missouri Department of Conservation officers, Paul Veatch and Gary Cravens, uncovered a skull and a spinal cord.

Bailey said the remains would be sent to a pathologist.

"This is probably an old body that was buried a long time ago," Bailey said.

He said he did not suspect any crime had been committed. "As of right now nothing indicates any foul play is involved at all. This is the remains of an old body. The river has changed so much over the years, we're not even sure it was buried close to the river," Bailey said.

He said the incident is still under investigation.

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