SECTION, Ala. - Crews were out in Section Wednesday searching for human remains, a day after someone found a human skull in the woods.
Kids found the skull off of County Road 120 in Section Tuesday afternoon, according to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.
Sheriff Chuck Phillips said it appears the body has been out in the woods for years.
"We're going to treat it as a homicide up until the point that we determine that it's not or it is," Phillips said. "You have to."
So far, officials said they have not located anything other than bones.
They said they believe they're only dealing with the remains of one person.
"We do have a gentleman who has walked off several years ago back in '06 from the Haymon Homes, which is assisted living for the mentally challenged," Phillips said, "It may be him, it may not be him, I don't know, but the last time he was seen was in this area."
Law enforcement officials in DeKalb County gave the sheriff's office their missing persons reports. The agency has several itself. Crews used cadaver dogs to make sure all of the bones are collected. "We'll definitely comb through the woods really good and let the dogs work the area really good, and if we're comfortable with what we find then we'll leave, but I don't know how long that'll take," Phillips said.
It could be some time before the identity of this person is determined. This is the second human remains found in Jackson County over the span of a few days. On Sunday, someone found a body near Hollywood.