SURRY COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) - Surry County investigators have uncovered the remains of a man who reportedly died nearly a decade ago.
The remains of a black male who would have been in his late 40s at the time of his death were found behind a home in the 12000 block of Rolfe Highway Monday. Investigators had been searching for the man's remains since Friday.
Sgt. Dearyl Anderson with the Surry County Sheriff's Office told WAVY.com deputies received a tip of a homicide that occurred at the home on Jan. 1, 2006. Based on the information given to them, they searched the area and found the scattered remains buried about three feet underground on the back right corner of the property.
Neighbor Ashley Danley said, "I came home Saturday after work and was told it was a cold case investigation." She was surprised to hear that news. "It's creepy. It's not expected here in Surry County. It's a little, peaceful town. Definitely did not expect this."
Investigators are still searching to gather as much as they can.
The victim has not been identified at this time. His remains are being taken to the Medical Examiner's Office for positive identification.
A suspect is in custody on unrelated charges outside of Surry County, Anderson said. Investigators will speak with him once they finish digging on the property and gather other evidence.
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