The Fayette County coroner's office launched an investigation Wednesday night after human remains were found in a wooded area.
Gary Ginn said his office was called to Citation Boulevard near Newtown Pike before 7 p.m. after the remains of an adult male were found about 500 feet from the street. The body was decomposed and badly dismembered and had been in the wooded area for some time.
WKYT-TV reported that a jaw, skull, pelvis and some clothes were found.
Coyotes, dogs and raccoons have been spotted where the remains were and may have carried off some body parts. It was too early in the investigation to determine the cause of death or the man's identity, Ginn said.
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The area was taped off and cones were placed nearby by Lexington police.
Ginn and officers from the forensics unit were to return to the scene at 8 a.m. Thursday to continue their investigation.