ROANOKE RAPIDS, North Carolina (WTVD) — A public-works employee made a shocking discovery on the job Tuesday – a human skeleton behind an empty business.

The human remains were found shortly before 2 p.m. off US 158 between Carter and Spring streets.

Police say the skeleton had been there for a long time.

Investigators don’t yet know whether the person who died is male or female. Some clothing was found near the body, Roanoke Rapids Police Chief Chuck Hasty said.

The medical examiner’s office and the East Carolina University School of Anthropology have been called in to help investigate.

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