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Female remains found near Andalusia, police still trying to identify victim

The human remains were found in December along the shore of the Mississippi River, west of Andalusia.

ROCK ISLAND COUNTY, Ill. — Editor's Note: The video shown above is from a newscast on Dec. 22, 2021.

UPDATE (Jan. 13): Rock Island Chief Deputy Steve Van Huzien released a statement Thursday, Jan. 13 confirming human remains were found Dec. 22 on the shore of the Mississippi River in the 16200 block of 78th Avenue.

The remains were examined on Jan. 5 and reportedly belong to a 25- to 45-year-old female between 5'2" and 5'6" tall, with ancestry characteristics of Caucasian/African-American.

The Rock Island County Sheriff's Office and Illinois State Police were continuing to investigate as of Thursday.

Anyone with information regarding missing individuals who match the description is asked to contact Rock Island County Sheriff's Office at 309-558-3827.

ORIGINAL (Dec. 22): A call from hikers regarding suspected human skeletal remains has launched an investigation by Rock Island County Sheriff's Office and Illinois State Police Crime Scene Investigators.

The sheriff's office released a statement that said crews responded to the call on at about 12 p.m. Dec. 22 after reports of the remains being located along the shore of the Mississippi River, west of Andalusia, near the 16200 block of 78th Ave. West.

No other details about the investigation have been released as of Wednesday.

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