FRANKLIN COUNTY, MO. - The Franklin County Sheriff's Office said it is investigating after Missouri Department of Conservation officers found male human remains Tuesday afternoon.
Conservation officers made the discovery around noon at the Chouteau Claim access, near the confluence of the Meramec and Bourbeuse Rivers.
They said a dismembered body was in a burn pile about 15 feet into the woods. Deputies are investigating the incident as a homicide. Sheriff Steve Pelton said it’s likely the victim was dismembered somewhere else, and the remains were brought near the river and set on fire, and could have been there for about two or three days.
Officers searched the area with cadaver dogs and the Missouri Highway Patrol launched boats and searched the rivers for any evidence, but didn’t find anything else.
The Franklin County Sheriff's Office said there are no missing person reports in Franklin County, but there are 27 missing males in Misouri.
The body was determined to be remains of a white male between 5-foot-8 and 6-foot-2 using a DNA profile.
This story will be updated when more information becomes available.