SHANGHAI, W.VA. - The decomposed remains of a white female were found Sunday evening by two fishermen along Back Creek near the small, western Berkeley County community of Shanghai, West Virginia State Police said Monday.
The discovery of the "badly" deteriorated remains south of the intersection of Buck Hill Road and Tuscarora Pike was reported to authorities at 5:19 p.m., police said.
The remains were removed Sunday evening and taken to the state medical examiner's office in South Charleston, W.Va., early Monday, State Police Sgt. G.S. Petsko said. A cause of death and identity could not be confirmed, police said.
The death is being investigated as a homicide, police said.
Petsko said State Police Trooper R.D. Eshbaugh secured the scene overnight until 8 a.m. Monday. About a half hour later, three members of the Frederick County (Va.) Sheriff's Department dive team arrived to search for additional evidence.