Update: More information revealed about the identity of remains found in Perry County

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PERRY COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Update: Officials with the coroner's office tell WYMT the remains are from a woman, but they still cannot determine an identity.

The remains will be examined at the University of Tennessee.
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The Perry County Deputy Coroner confirmed Friday, human remains were found at Bears Lane Cemetery in Viper around 8 p.m. Saturday.

Officials were unsure if the remains were human or not, but Deputy Coroner Jeff Combs confirmed Friday, they were in fact human.

"We're uncertain as to what sex the human remains would be; and then again, as far as identification, we know that there's small amounts of tissue that could be DNA test-possible," said Perry County Deputy Coroner Jeffrey Combs.

Combs hopes his office can determine the gender by the end of the week. From there, they plan to examine dental records.

This comes weeks after Smiley Jent told WYMT, her friend Maudie Smith went missing.

"I called to where she was staying, where I talked to her last at, the person told me she left on foot going down the street... right fork of Maces Creek," said Smiley.

She fears those remains belong to her friend.

"I posted it right on Facebook saying 'I think this is my friend."

Officials tell us they are waiting for the medical examiner to determine whether the remains are human.

Smiley said, she'll keep searching until she gets some answers.

"I just really miss her," she cried.

Kentucky State Police are investigating.

We will update this story when more information is available.



 
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