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Skeleton discovered in vacant home in Baker

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BAKER - After searching a vacant home in Baker when a skull was found Wednesday, LSU FACES Lab investigators discovered a human skeleton.

Baker Police said the skull was found in a residence in a neighborhood on Sherron Avenue off of Groom Road Wednesday night. Thursday afternoon, police said investigators found the rest of a human skeleton under a pile of junk.

Police believe the person died in the house, but do not know the cause of death. Foul play is not suspected at this time. Baker Police have not released the person's name as of this writing.

Neighbors declined to speak on camera, but said the house has been abandoned for about 10 years, and that the people who used to live there were heavy drug users. They also said they noticed the door was open earlier this week, when it had remained closed previously.

Police didn't tell News 2 the identity of the person who contacted them about the skull. The owner of the home does not live at the address but did tell police that he has not seen his brother for several years.

Police are looking into the possibility that the remains belong to the lost brother.  The person who found the skeleton is a relative of the homeowner.  

This is a developing story. Stay tuned to WBRZ News 2 online and on Facebook and Twitter for updates as more information becomes available.


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