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Cookeville police investigating skeletal remains discovered during tornado search efforts

Authorities said the remains are possibly a year old and they don't believe the discovery is related to tornado damage.

The Cookeville Police Department is investigating after finding skeletal remains during tornado search efforts. 

During a press conference Wednesday evening, Putnam County Sheriff Eddie Farris said the remains had been discovered during the search and rescue operation -- noting the remains had been there for 'quite some time.'

Authorities do not believe the remains are related to the tornado, saying the remains were inside a collapsed tent in a wooded area near Miller Road.

Sheriff Farris said little other information about the remains is known at the moment and the investigation was handed over to Cookeville police.

Police say the remains have not been identified yet, and were sent to the Davidson County Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy. 

Anyone with information related to the investigation who has not yet spoken with police should call the Criminal Investigation Division of the Cookeville Police Department at 931-520-5322 or the main station at 931-526-2125.

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