Search turns up human remains near Winfield

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By Shane Farley
January 19, 2013 - 9:02:58 pm

Authorities uncovered human remains Saturday near a rural home northwest of Winfield and will have the remains tested to determine the identity of the person, Cowley County Undersheriff Bill Mueller said.

Late Friday, investigators received a report that skeletal debris had been found on the property by a household pet.

Around 10 a.m., Saturday, Winfield Police, the sheriff’s office and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation performed an extensive search of the area, which is near 65th Rd. and northeast of the Winfield sale barn.

Additional skeletal remains were found, including teeth, Mueller said. Numerous forensic tests will be conducted to determine the identity of the person.

“The remains were examined and appeared to be human,” Mueller said.

The property where the remains were found is very near an area searched by authorities looking for Corbin Wilt, a missing Winfield man. Wilt was last seen in May 2012.

Mueller declined to comment on the possible identity of the person whose remains were found, pending forensic testing.

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