GUM SPRING, Va. (WRIC)—The Louisa County Sheriff's Office is working to identify human remains that were discovered by a hunter in Gum Spring on Saturday morning.
On Nov. 23, John Grady went hunting in a different area than he usually does. In a wooded area near I-64 and the Goochland County and Louisa County borders, he stumbled upon something he never thought he'd see—human bones.
"Right about here is where I started seein' the bones," Grady said. "Basically strewn out everywhere where they've got these flags at now is where the bones were, pretty much torn all apart."
"I've found a lot of stuff in the woods huntin' over the years," he said. "This is definitely, by far, the worst."
Grady also found a pistol, some decomposed clothing and a Bible near the bones. He immediately called the Louisa County Sheriff's Office.
"It's still surreal, findin' it," Grady said. "I'm glad I did; I'm glad I just happened to come through here."
Authorities say the remains are most likely those of a male who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound roughly six years ago.
"This land was cut over in 2007 and burned," said Lieutenant Jeff Sims of the Louisa County Sheriff's Office. "You could see some trees back there … still black from bein' burned. So, this person apparently was there end of 2007, 2008."
As the investigation gets underway, Grady hopes his discovery leads to some closure.
"I know there's somebody out there lookin' for whoever this was," he said. "I don't know what happened to the individual. But hopefully this'll help get things started."
Car keys belonging to a 2003 Jeep were also discovered at the scene. Detectives will try to match them with missing person reports to help identify the remains.
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