River Road bones identified as African-American woman

Posted by Debra Worley - email
Updated by Lauren Thomson - email

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Monica Caison with the CUE Center for Missing Persons believes bones found along River Road could be one of two missing Wilmington women.

According to the Chief Medical Examiner's Office, the bones found are those of an African American female in her 40s, which fits the description of Priscilla Rogers and Pamela Bradshaw who are both missing.

Someone searching for bottles found the human remains on the side of the road.

The Wilmington Police Department is handling the investigation, but there is no word yet on how the person died or how long the body as been in the area.

The remains are in Chapel Hill, but Dr. Crane says it is likely detectives will be able to tell us the exact identity by the first of next week.

"Every person missing have families - they have loved one," said Monica Caison with the CUE Center.  "It's very difficult for these people to move on without some kind of answer. It's vital the public get the information urgently about a missing person in the early stages for better discovery of information. Sometimes that doesn't happen in a lot of cases."

According to police, the remains were found on the west side of River Road, about two miles south of Independence Boulevard.

Authorities are protecting the area as a possible crime scene, though investigators have not yet determined if foul play was involved.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Wilmington Police Department at 910-343-3600. Anonymous text messages may be submitted through Text-A-Tip. Enter Tip 708 and the message, and send to CRIMES (274637).

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