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New Information Into Bones Found in Barrel (Updated)

As the investigation continues into a body found in a barrel in Laurel County; police say they have new information into the case.

Laurel County police say they now know the remains found in the barrel is that of a male.

They are looking into the case as a murder and say they do have a suspect or suspects in mind.

The human remains were found in a rusted barrel along with bullets in a wooded area in southeastern Kentucky.

Police say the barrel was found by a man and his daughter last week and say the bones are those of an adult. Police believe the body had been in the barrel at least 18 months.

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Coroner determined bones in barrel were male

LILY, Ky. (AP) - Human bone fragments found in a rusted metal barrel that had been submerged in a southeastern Kentucky pond were those of an adult male, Laurel County Coroner Doug Bowling said Wednesday.

The barrel was found by a man and his daughter last week. The bones had been in the barrel at least two years, Bowling said. The barrel also contained bullets and had several bullet holes in it, Bowling said.

The Laurel County sheriff's department received a tip several months ago about a body being located in the area near where the barrel was found. The area could not be thoroughly searched until recently when a dam that had turned the area into a large pond was released.

The father and daughter opened the barrel and brought two fragmented bones to police.

Kentucky forensic anthropologist Emily Craig said the body was incinerated in the barrel.

A rusted pickup truck was found near the barrel, and authorities were investigating whether it was linked to the case. Bowling said the truck was on higher ground and had apparently not been under water.

Police aren't sure if the bullets were related to the person's death.

LILY, Ky. (AP) - Human bone fragments found in a rusted metal barrel that had been submerged in a southeastern Kentucky pond were those of an adult male, Laurel County Coroner Doug Bowling said Wednesday.

The barrel was found by a man and his daughter last week. The bones had been in the barrel at least two years, Bowling said. The barrel also contained bullets and had several bullet holes in it, Bowling said.

The Laurel County sheriff's department received a tip several months ago about a body being located in the area near where the barrel was found. The area could not be thoroughly searched until recently when a dam that had turned the area into a large pond was released.

The father and daughter opened the barrel and brought two fragmented bones to police.

Kentucky forensic anthropologist Emily Craig said the body was incinerated in the barrel.

A rusted pickup truck was found near the barrel, and authorities were investigating whether it was linked to the case. Bowling said the truck was on higher ground and had apparently not been under water.

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