Set of human remains found in Chautauqua County

Photo by M.J. Stafford

PORTLAND, N.Y. — The remains of a second body have been found in the area of Woleben Road in the town of Portland in Chautauqua County, Sheriff James Quattrone said Tuesday.

The remains were found Monday night and were confirmed to be human Tuesday morning. Investigators were searching a wooded area near the Alison Wells Ney Nature Trail of the Chautauqua Rails to Trails system when the discovery was made.

“As a result of an area search in the area of Woleben Road we have located the remains of a second body,” Quattrone told The Post-Journal. “At this time we have no idea on gender or timeline on how long body has been here. We do believe that the second body was left at the location much more recent.”

On Sunday, a person walking near the trail off Woleben Road searching for lost items came across what appeared to be a human skull.

By late Monday morning, members of the Sheriff’s Office and county Forensic Investigation Team could be seen just off the road, about a mile east of Prospect Station Road. Yellow crime scene tape was placed near where the discovery was made.

In addition to the county Forensic Investigation Team, the Sheriff’s Office said it was receiving assistance at the scene by the Mercyhurst Forensic Anthropology Department.

Asked if the Sheriff’s Office was treating the discovery of the human remains as suspicious, Quattrone responded: “Absolutely.”


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