Human Remains Discovery

Human remains were discovered Wednesday afternoon at approximately 4:45 pm in proximity of Whitewater Falls Road and Cannon Road near Salem.  

Oconee County Sheriff’s Department deputies were dispatched to 250 Whitewater Falls Road after the property owner found a human forearm and hand apparently brought onto the property by a dog.  

Deputies made a subsequent search of the area and found a body in a creek bed.  

The remains are those of a Caucasian female.  

An autopsy will be conducted on Friday, March 31, 2023 to assist with establishing a positive identification and cause of death.    

No positive identification has been established as of today.  However, based on the preliminary examination of the deceased, the Coroner’s Office and Sheriff’s Department has been in contact with the family of a missing Salem woman.  The family has provided additional information which will be helpful in establishing a positive identification. 

More information will be released following Friday’s autopsy.

Karl Addis, Oconee County Coroner