UPDATE: Authorities able to identify human remains discovered in Harrison County

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UPDATE: (4/6/2019 3:38 p.m.)

Officials have released the identity of the human remains discovered behind a property outside of Clarksburg on Monday.

According to Harrison County Sheriff Robert Matheney, medical examiners determined the remains belong to 50 year-old Clarksburg resident Richard Lee Stonebreaker.

A local Facebook page that documents missing persons in West Virginia says Stonebreaker had been missing since May 2015.

Police were called out to a residence on Milford St. last Monday when an individual doing work on the property came across Stonebreaker’s remains.

Matheney says there’s no obvious signs of foul play suspected at this time, but the department is continuing to investigate.

UPDATE: (4/2/2019 6:25 p.m.)

Authorities are still trying to determine how skeletal remains ended up behind a residence on Milford St. just outside of Clarksburg.

Harrison County Sheriff Robert Matheney said the remains are now in the hands of medical examiners who are working to determine its identity and cause of death.

Right now, authorities said there’s no indication of foul play, but that could change depending on the medical examiner’s report.

Matheny said local law enforcement agencies are collecting data on missing persons to determine if the remains could match someone on that list.

UPDATE: (4/1/2019 3:05 p.m.):

The Harrison County Sheriff’s Office said human remains were discovered on private property behind a residence on Milford Street.

According to Sheriff Robert Matheney, an individual was doing work behind the residence on Monday morning when the person found what they believed to be human remains.

West Virginia State Police are currently processing the scene.

Sheriff Matheney is not calling this a crime scene, at the moment. The remains will be sent to the county medical examiner’s office for analysis.

ORIGINAL (4/1/2019 1:40 p.m.):

The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department arrived on scene at a residence in Harrison County late Monday morning for what they are calling an “ongoing investigation.”

Deputies were behind a residence on 1678 Milford Street, on Route 19, near the St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. The residence is adjacent to the church.

A reporter on scene witnessed yellow tape placed around the perimeter of the back yard of the residence.

The only information being released by deputies at this time is that it is an “ongoing investigation.”

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