CRAWFORD COUNTY, Kan. — Authorities have launched an investigation following the discovery of decomposed human remains in rural Crawford County.

Crawford County Sheriff’s Office deputies and detectives located the remains in the area north of K-126 on 80th Street, which is in the western part of the county between McCune and Greenbush, after receiving a call from someone who had discovered them Monday while out for a walk.

The remains found were in the late stages of decomposition. After confirming they were in fact human skeletal remains, the sheriff’s office notified the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and requested its assistance with the case.

KBI agents and members of the bureau’s Crime Scene Response Team responded to the scene and the remains were collected and sent to Frontier Forensics in Kansas City for examination.

Forensic examiners will attempt to identify the remains, likely through DNA or dental records and at least initially through comparison with any known missing persons reported in the area, Sheriff Danny Smith said.

"Hopefully we can go from there and see what next steps need to be taken," he said.

The cause of death and identity of the deceased person were still unknown as of Wednesday morning, and authorities had no timeline of how soon the forensic examination would be completed, Smith said.