PULASKI COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office is investigating human remains found this week in the south-central part of the county.
At this point, authorities are still working to identify the remains of a male body, which are at the state crime lab for analysis.
This off-the-beaten path is known as the "Bicycle Trail" to kids living off Woodyard Road in Pulaski County. But on Thursday, it became a crime scene that was still evident the next day.
While in the area Friday evening, THV 11's Max Seigle came across one of the boys who initially found the remains Thursday afternoon. After speaking with his mother for awhile and getting her permission to speak with her son, Scotty Wade filled us in on what he found.
"I was like... I just couldn't believe it was a dead body," said 13-year-old Scotty Wade.
Wade said that he was riding bikes with his cousin Thursday when they smelled something funny. After looking into it, they found the remains, including a detached skull, and called for help.
"We just walked out to the road and called our Gramps and waited for him to get there," Wade said.
Wade told THV 11 that his grandpa called police, who filled the area quickly.
"There were two at first and then like another one pulled up and then they just started piling in," Wade said.
"It just creeped me out," Wade concluded.
"It was in a pretty good state of decomposition. It had not been there for a few hours; it had been there for quite some time," said Lt. Carl Minden with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office.
Lt. Minden says that it's too early to know much about this person, but they say it's a man.
When asked whether there's a link to a missing person's case, Minden said, "We don't have anything in that immediate area, but there are countless missing person files either with the sheriff's office, Little Rock police, and North Little Rock police. It may end up being one of those, and that's obviously a connection we will look for."
THV 11 also had a chance to speak with the director of the Arkansas State Crime Lab about this case.
Kermit Channell said that they hope to have a positive identification by Monday or Tuesday. He also said they'll go after fingerprints, DNA and teeth to get whatever they can.
The state crime is also working to find out how long the remains were there and the cause of death.