Human skeletal remains were found in a wooded area of Middle Island over the weekend, Suffolk County police said.
The discovery was made at about 3:25 p.m. Friday off a hiking trail on Rocky Point Middle Country Road, police said. The remains were taken to the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office, which will work to determine the person’s identity and cause of death, police said.
“I guarantee it was there a long time, over five years,” the hunter who made the discovery anonymously told The New York Post. “There was no flesh, no hair, you could see fatigue cracks in the skull from being dried in the sun.”
The newspaper reported that the remains included a skull and other bones, but police did not confirm those details.
Police are continuing the investigation.