Child finds human remains in Toledo

Crews with cadaver dogs spent Friday searching a rural area outside of Toledo after a boy found parts of a human skeleton while playing in the woods Thursday.

Officials weren't releasing many details Friday, saying it's too early in their investigation. They are sure the skeleton remains are human, though, and they're searching for other parts of the body in the surrounding area, said Chief Deputy Stacy Brown of the Lewis County Sheriff's office.

Cadaver dog teams from Pierce County were helping with the search of the rural, wooded area Friday afternoon, Brown said.

Brown said officials have an idea who the body might be but right now are working on collecting enough parts of the skeleton to make an identification. She did not release who officials have in mind or if they thought this was a case of foul play.

"It's just too early to speculate," she said.

Brown also said it's doubtful any positive identification will come before early next week.

The remains were discovered by an 8-year-old boy who was playing in the woods on his parents' property Thursday afternoon. The area, on the 100 block of Cougar Road, is northeast of Toledo and near the Cowlitz River.

Brown commended the boy and the family for not disturbing the scene but instead calling authorities immediately.

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