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Dog digs up human bone in owner’s back yard. Police say it could possibly be a missing woman

South Carolina police are searching for a possible missing woman after a dog dug up a human bone in its owner’s back yard.

The State reports that a homeowner in Seneca contacted police on Monday after he couldn’t determine whether the bone the dog dug up was human or of an animal. Authorities arrived at the scene, then transported the bone to the county medical examiner’s office, where it was determined that the bone was of a human female’s right femur and pelvic bone.

Afterward, authorities began conducting a “large-scale search of the area” while using cadaver dogs for assistance. On Wednesday, they found partial human remains by a nearby creek. The remains are currently being tested by a forensics team.

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The right femur and pelvic bone, according to police, are of a woman who stood around 5-foot-1 to 5-foot-7. She was likely between the ages of 25 and 40. Police said she probably died within the past few months, but she could have died no longer than a year ago, authorities said.

If the forensics lab finds DNA, officials said it will be compared to “known missing persons, including the two recently reported missing women from Oconee County.”

Laura Ann Anders, 46, and Faith Roach, 26, both disappeared from Oconee County in February 2019. According to NBC 4, Anders’ husband reported the woman missing on February 5. He said he last heard from her before she went shopping in Spartanburg on February 2. She never returned. Her husband said she didn’t have a cellphone.

Roach disappeared from the Flat Rock Road area on February 4. Family members told police said they hadn’t heard from her in weeks. They also claimed someone told them she was in danger and being held against her will. Roach has not used her cellphone or accessed her Facebook account since she disappeared.

The story continues to develop. Check back with CrimeOnline as additional details become available.

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