Authorities still working to identify remains found behind north county church

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FLORISSANT, MO (KPLR) – A north St. Louis County community awaits answers after human remains were found in the woods behind a Florissant-area church late Wednesday afternoon.

Investigators with the St. Louis County Police Department said they do not believe foul play was involved in this case. But that’s of little comfort to neighbors in the area, who are still uneasy about the discovery.

“The fact that I stayed up until midnight, I was concerned and interested in knowing how it was going to play out. I never like to see that and I hope I never see it again,” said Jim Williams, who lives on the street that backs up to the church field.

Williams said he began seeing police activity in the field around 5:15 p.m. Wednesday.

Human skeletal remains were found just inside the wood line next to the field. Detectives and a cadaver dog searched the area well into the evening.

“I actually saw them bring the body bag out and the fact that he was able to carry it with one hand kind of indicated to me it was a child or a desiccated body,” Williams said.

And although a football team uses the field for practice every Friday, Williams said he’s unsurprised the body went unnoticed.

“They never really went past the ball diamonds and depending on the winds they may have not noticed anything,” he said. “I’m kind of surprised we didn’t see buzzards circling, because we have buzzards in this area, and I’ve seen them circle before over other dead things.”

Williams said the neighborhood is typically very quiet and he is curious to learn more about the remains.

“I want to see how this all plays out the aspect of if it was someone local versus a dumping of someone from out of town,” he said.

A police spokesperson said authorities do not believe there are any other remains in the woods.