The state Department of Justice, along with sheriff’s offices in Adams and Dane counties, announced Monday that a hunter found human remains in a wooded area in rural Adams County on Saturday.
DOJ said law enforcement investigators went to the scene late Saturday afternoon and confirmed that the remains are human. But DOJ was not making any further comment on the finding, and Dane County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Elise Schaffer would not say what the connection is between Dane County and remains found in Adams County. Madison and Friendship, the Adams County seat, are about 75 miles apart.
DOJ spokeswoman Gillian Drummond also declined to say why Dane County is involved.
Although it's not known if the two cases are related, the Dane County Sheriff's Office in October said detectives were working with surrounding counties and the state Department of Criminal Investigation to locate Annastasia Evans, 24, who was last seen May 4 traveling in a cream-colored full-size sedan.
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Investigators said then that they had identified several areas of interest outside of Dane County, including Sauk, Columbia, Adams, Marquette, Jefferson, Dodge and Waushara counties, and authorities spent several days searching remote areas in some of those counties.
The Sheriff’s Office asked rural property owners and those who frequent public lands, such as hunters and hikers, to watch for anything out of the ordinary.
Along with the two sheriff’s offices, the state Division of Criminal Investigation, the Adams County Medical Examiner’s Office, the state Crime Lab and the State Patrol are assisting in the investigation, DOJ said.