ELYRIA, Ohio-- Investigators located partial skeletal remains in their search for missing Middleburg Heights woman Tierra Bryant, the Lorain County Coroner's Office said.
The Cleveland Division of the FBI, Middleburg Heights police and the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office were in a wooded area near Mussey Avenue in Elyria Thursday morning.
The coroner's office said they do not have a complete body yet and cannot tell if the remains are male or female. DNA testing will be needed to determine the identity.
"They're being very meticulous because there could be evidence down there. It's a deep hole, maybe 4 feet, and that's a lot of digging and we have to go through it with a fine-toothed comb due to the evidentiary value of what we might find there," said Middleburg Heights Police Chief John Maddox. "They located what they thought was a grave in the woods and there was a circular crust crack in the ground that led is to believe that so we explored that."
They are not sure if the remains are those of Bryant, 19, who was last seen on Bagley Road in Middleburg Heights on March 30, 2015.
"We believe we're in the right spot and there are things that are leading us to believe our theories are correct, that it might be her; I can't say that it is," Maddox said.
On June 20, Rashad Hunt, 39, was arrested in Sacramento, California in Bryant's death. He was indicted for voluntary manslaughter, felony assault, gross abuse of a corpse and obstructing official business.