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Bones have yet to be identified
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Authorities continue to wait on lab results to positively identify bones found in a wooded area of southeast Dawson County last month.

"We haven't heard anything back from the GBI crime lab yet," Dawson County Sheriff's spokesman Capt. Tony Wooten said on Monday. "It could still take a while."

Hunters found what was reported as a human skull, several bones and articles of clothing near Hanging Dog Road, off Dawson Forest Road on Nov. 30.

The discovery launched a full-scale search of the area by multiple law enforcement agencies, with the Dawson County Sheriff's Office leading the investigation until the identity can be determined.

Wooten said it is still too early in the investigation to know how long the bones had been there, though a theory has been released in the case.

The bones could be those of a Forsyth County man reported missing last winter, Wooten said.

The man's name has not been released.

"His truck was located in that general area in February," Wooten said. "There was an extensive search of these woods in February, but we weren't able to come up with anything."

The bones were collected and sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab.

"We'll know more when their evaluation is complete," Wooten said.

According to Wooten, there is no evidence at this point in the investigation that indicates foul play.