MOBILE COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) The Mobile County Sheriff's Office is investigating after human remains were found in the Theodore area.
Deputies were called out to Dep Busby Road off Old Pascagoula Road Monday afternoon around 3 p.m.
"It was startling. It was mind boggling," said Robert Fisher, who made the disturbing discovery while searching for scrap metal in a field at the end of Dep Busby Road, an area commonly used for illegal dumping.
"There was some tin laying over there with some bags on top of it and when I pulled the bag up the skeleton rolled over sideways. When I saw the teeth that's what made me realize it was a skeleton and I kind of jumped off the pile," said Fisher.
Sheriff's deputies got the call from Fisher around 3 p.m.
They soon confirmed what he found was a human skull and several bones.
Investigators stayed on scene until the sun went down and will return Tuesday morning at 8 a.m.
"They will meticulously sift through the dirt and the surrounding areas to try and recover as many bones as possible and from there the remains will be taken to a state lab to attempt identification and cause of death," said Lt. Paul Burch, investigator with the Mobile County Sheriff's Office.
The next step is pouring over local missing person cases.
One of the first that comes to many people's minds is Brittany Wood. The young mother disappeared May 30th and last lived in a home only five miles from where the bones were discovered Monday.
But, investigators say it's too soon to make a connection to any missing person's case.
"We will say the skull is in decent condition so the chances of making identification seem to be positive," said Lt. Paul Burch.
"That's somebody's family member out there. Hopefully somebody gets to be at peace," said Fisher.
Investigators from the Department of Forensic Sciences were also on the scene Monday.