Bones found in Brockton by hiker are human, authorities say; investigation underway

The bones discovered in a wooded area in Brockton by a hiker have been identified as human remains, but the cause of death is still unknown, officials said.

A local hiker who was walking a dog discovered the bones near East Street in Brockton Monday morning, according to a statement from Plymouth District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz’s office.

After a preliminary investigation, the bones were confirmed to be human, and an autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death and identity of the deceased, prosecutors said.

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State Police detectives assigned to Cruz’s office and Brockton police are investigating.

No further details were immediately available.