Wirt County authorities are investigating the discovery of a body found in a remote area near Creston, trying to make an identification of the remains.

The body was discovered in a wooded area in the Groundhog community, not far from Creston, according to Gregg Busch, the Wirt County Medical Examiner.

Officials would not say whether the body was male or female, but did indicate it had been at the location for some time.

Busch says the remains have been sent to the state Medical Examiner's Office in Charleston.

Details are sketchy, with Creston residents saying they have not recently been aware of a missing person.

The Wirt County Sheriff's Office and the West Virginia State Police are all investigating.

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