Sheriff’s Office ends search near on-ramp

The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office finished its inch-by-inch search of a heavily wooded area near State Route 16 Thursday that was launched two days earlier after the discovery of skeletal remains, according to Chief of Detectives Ned Newlin.

Newlin said the remains were found near the westbound Purdy on-ramp to SR 16 Tuesday by detectives investigating a missing person case that had been directed to that general area.

“It is quite a detailed search,” Newlin said, explaining the crew made up of detectives, members of the Kitsap County Coroner’s Office and search-and-rescue workers sectioned off the area into grids and sifted through the soil layer by layer to at least six inches in depth.

Newlin said the remains are definitely human and appeared to have been there for “quite some time.”

He said his office does not currently suspect foul play, but every discovery of human remains is treated as if it were a potential homicide.

He said the next step will be to identify the remains, which he said the coroner’s office will be attempting to do with dental records, and which he expects will take several days.

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