HARRISONVILLE, Mo. — Harrisonville police are investigating after human skeletal remains were discovered Tuesday.

Police said they were called just before 5 p.m. Tuesday to the area of Industrial Boulevard and Commercial Street. Police said they received a witness report about remains in the area.

“They kind of come in with their tail on fire,” said Colby’s Car Clinic owner Colby Covey, describing the police response Tuesday. “We see them over there. We don’t exactly know what’s going on.”

Investigators set a perimeter, and Harrisonville police called the Missouri State Highway Patrol and Frontier Forensics Midwest, the medical examiner’s office in Cass County, to assist.

“Sometime yesterday morning, they came in and the whole investigation team was out here,” Covey said. “They had it all taped off. It seemed to me like it was right about where that tree line is right there. They must have found somebody who had been there for a little bit.”

Officials are now working to identify the remains.

“The concerning part to me is just trying to identify this individual and figure out who their family is and give them some closure,” Harrisonville Police Lt. Darin Chance told FOX4 Thursday. 

“I wonder who passed away and what happened to them and if it was somebody that I knew or from our town,” Covey continued. “But as far as, ‘Am I worried something’s going to happen here to one of us?’ I’m not concerned with that.”

Covey said police didn’t tell them why they were over there.

Harrisonville police said they are still investigating and do not have any further information to release at this time.

“It’s been kind of a strange thing to think that we’re over here running a shop and 400 yards away somebody’s body is laying here,” he said.

“Who’s been looking for them? Who hasn’t been? Were they a transient? Were they a local? You would think that at that long somebody would have found them, but unfortunately, they just did.”

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