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Remains Classified As Adult Male

Preliminary examination of the skeletal remains that were found in Mecklenburg County Tuesday afternoon have led the Virginia Medical Examiner to classify the bones as those of a young, adult male, according to Deborah Clark of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office.

An estimation of how long the victim has been dead will not be available until Saturday, Clark said.

The Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office has been in contact with Virginia State Police and surrounding counties in an effort to identify the remains that were sent Wednesday to the Virginia State Medical Examiner’s Office in Richmond, according to Mecklenburg County Sheriff Danny Fox.

Individuals looking for driftwood found the remains on a shoreline off Poodle Lake near Carter’s Point in the Buffalo Junction area of Mecklenburg County around 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, officials said. Deputies and crime scene investigators were dispatched to the scene and remained on site throughout the afternoon.

“We sent the remains to the state lab Wednesday,” said Sheriff Fox. “They will be able to determine information about the individual, and hopefully, they will be able to make a positive identification.”

“We’re assisting the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office in whatever way we can,” said Halifax County Sheriff Stanley Noblin Thursday.

Neither Sheriff Fox nor Sheriff Noblin offered conjecture into the identity of the individual whose remains were found. “We have no clue,” Noblin said. “We’ll just have to wait for the medical examiner’s report and see where we go from here.”

Meanwhile, Noblin said the investigation is continuing into the disappearance of Hattie Gertrude Brown who went missing over a year ago.

The 48-year-old Brown was last seen in a security video recorded at the South Boston Sheetz at 2:33 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, 2009. The woman’s disappearance triggered a nationwide search. The fire-gutted remains of her car, a 2003 Volkswagen Jetta, were found in a farmer’s field in the Virgilina community on July 7 of last year.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Brown is asked to contact the Appomattox Division of the Virginia State Police toll-free in Virginia at 1-800-552-0962, or at (454) 352-7128. The state police can also be contacted by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Those with information about this case also can contact the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office at (434) 476-3334 or the South Boston Police Department at (434) 575-4271.