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Stafford remains will be analyzed
Police mum on human remains found behind Geico, third such discovery in Fredericksburg area since August

Date published: 1/2/2013

BY SCOTT SHENK

Police aren't saying much about the human remains found on Monday in a wooded area behind Geico in southern Stafford County.

Stafford Sheriff's Office spokesman Bill Kennedy said the "decomposed human remains" were sent to the medical examiner's office in Richmond in hopes of identifying the person and their cause of death.

Kennedy said the remains were discovered by people playing in the woods behind the Geico building off U.S. 17. Deputies responded to the scene at about 3 p.m. Investigators later arrived and worked the scene, Kennedy said.

The New Year's Eve find is the third such discovery in the Fredericksburg area since August, when a woman's remains were found in a wooded area off an Interstate 95 exit in Stafford. In November, more human remains were found along a power line easement in Spotsylvania County.

Authorities haven't said exactly where the remains discovered behind Geico were found. There was no apparent police activity there on Tuesday.

The large Geico office building stands in a busy shopping and residential area. The area behind the building is rather secluded.

Stafford Lakes Parkway curls around behind Geico, a mostly abandoned stretch that ends at a cul-de-sac where Holy Cross Academy is located. At one spot along the road Tuesday, several cars were parked in a gravel lot near a wooded area.

The spot is just around the corner from several neighborhoods and Walmart.

Monday's discovery came less than two months after a similar find in Spotsylvania.

According to the Spotsylvania Sheriff's Office, remains were found on Nov. 3 in the right of way of the Rappahannock Electric Cooperative's high-voltage power lines in the 9000 block of Brock Road.

The Sheriff's Office sent those remains to the medical examiner's office in Richmond. No further information on the find has been released.

Three months earlier, on Aug. 16, a trucker found human remains in a wooded area along the northbound Interstate 95 off-ramp to Courthouse Road in central Stafford.

Authorities later said the remains were those of Katherine Bryant of Washington, D.C. She was 33 when her family reported her missing in 2006.

Police said her death is suspicious.

Anyone with information about the Stafford discoveries can call the Sheriff's Office at 540/658-4400, Crime Solvers at 540/659-2020 or text STAFFORD and your tip to CRIMES (274637).

Anyone with information about the Spotsylvania discovery can call the Sheriff's Office at 540/582-7115 or Crime Solvers at 540/582-5822.

Scott Shenk: 540/374-5436
Email: sshenk@freelancestar.com