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Human remains have been found in a wooded area in Augusta.

Augusta Police Deputy Chief Kevin Lully said a person walking on the north end of Washington Street on Sunday afternoon saw the bones. The area is just north of Mill Park.

The Kennebec Journal reports that officers stayed at the scene until about 8 p.m.

Lully said that identifying the remains could take time.

Augusta city police have contacted Gardiner police and the Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit regarding the case.

Officials from Gardiner Police Department were not immediately available for comment.