Death ruled as a homicide in Miller County human remains investigation

TUSCUMBIA, Mo. -- UPDATE:
According to the Miller County Sheriff's Office, they have identified the human remains as a male that was entered into the national missing person's database.

The death has been ruled as a homicide but the actual identity of the person has not been released. The investigation is ongoing and we will update you once we get more information.

ORIGINAL STORY:
Andrew Havranek: "What can you tell us right now about the human remains that were found yesterday?

Sheriff Louie Gregorie: "I can't tell you much, other than we found human remains yesterday."

That is the common response from Sheriff Louie Gregoire regarding their investigation, which started between 9 and 10:00 Monday morning.

"After we confirmed that there were human remains, we contacted Missouri State Highway Patrol Drug and Crime, and they came out and assisted us in the investigation," Gregoire said.

Havranek: "Is there any belief that it was foul play or anything of that nature?"

Gregoire: "I can't comment on that at this time."

With so few details, and no confirmation on whether foul play is suspected, why release any details at all?

Sheriff Gregoire says he did so to ease the minds of people who live nearby.

"I'm sure people had a good idea of what was going on. So, I wanted them to have an idea of 'we're working something.' I know I couldn't give them much, but at least I had something to go off of," Gregoire said.

Gregoire says he hopes to have more information to release before the end of the week. He would not comment on whether or not there were any missing persons cases in the county that could be connected.

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