Investigation deepens on bones found in Saginaw County woods

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SAGINAW TOWNSHIP (WJRT) (9/13/2018) - Authorities were back in a Saginaw County woods five days after human remains were found searching for more clues.

A medical examiner looked at those bones and after that examination added more questions about the case, including whether the person died in a homicide.

The remote area in Chapin Township was busy with police activity once again Thursday, as Saginaw County Sheriff's Office and a Michigan State Police Crime Lab were back in the woods near the boundaries of Gratiot, Clinton and Shiawassee counties.

The remains did not make up a compete set of bones for a human being, so the search continued in the area for more evidence. Investigators believe the remains are that of a man and clothing indicated they may have been there for up to five years.

Bob Gossett, who lives next to the hunting club's land, said the discovery of the bones jogged his memory. He remembered caring for a relative's rottweiler several years ago.

"He got loose on me and he kept going back in there, and that would have four years ago, five," Gossett said. "Maybe he was digging up stuff."

Michele Sawvel lives across the road and was concerned on Sunday when the police were there -- and even more so Thursday.

"It's just shocking that there was a body back there," she said.

Sawvel hopes investigators have an answer soon on the identity of the man and how he ended up there.

"Ease up on the stress on me and the rest of the neighbors, because they are quite concerned," she said.

Police are still asking anyone with information on this case to give them a phone call.