Human remains discovered outside of the Chaparral Apartments at 5810 24th St have been removed.
It took the medical examiner's office nearly 10 hours to dig up the bones and surrounding evidence Friday. Officials are working to determine the gender, which could take a couple days. The identification could take weeks.
LPD Captain Jon Caspell says maintenance workers at the complex were doing excavation work around 10 a.m. To their surprise when they were looking for a pipe, they found human bones buried in the backyard of a unit.
"The maintenance workers had to do some digging to resolve whatever issue they were having. Then they came across what they believe were remains," Caspell said.
Caspell says the remains are in an advanced state of decomposition and have been there for quite some time.
Resident Kimberly Martinez lives next door to where the remains were found.
"I opened my window and there was like these ladies from forensics standing there. They asked me if I lived there. I said yes," said Kimberly Martinez.
Before she knew it, part of the complex was roped off in crime scene tape and a mobile command center was stationed. Police say this is a very high profile case.
"In our area we have a fence dividing it. We are the only part where there is a fence. You can still see where the bags are and the hole and everything," Martinez said.
Other residents were just as shocked.
"My first reaction was, I wonder who would kill somebody and leave them there?" said resident Lee Devaughn.
With no current residents reported missing, speculation has started.
"Everybody is talking about what could have been. Of course something happened in '91 with the love triangle. They never found the victim." Martinez is talking about the murder case involving 24-year-old Roger "Scott" Dunn. 21 years ago his blood was found splattered at his apartment close to where the human remains were found. Someone tried to clean up the evidence. His family is still looking for answers. Police have confirmed they are looking at the case.
Right now police say they working off of the facts found behind the fence. That information is what residents want to know.
"We don't know what happened, nobody knows," said Devaughn.
Police do have an idea of who the person could be, however, they are not releasing it at this time.
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