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Human remains found in barrels in Lake Hartwell

8:06 PM, Nov 16, 2012   |    comments
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ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) -- The remains of a man and a woman have been found in two barrels pulled out of Lake Hartwell and authorities believe they could be people who have been missing for a month.

The first plastic barrel was found on the lakeshore Wednesday with the body of a woman inside, Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore said Thursday.

A second metal barrel with a man's body inside was found Thursday afternoon submerged in 10 feet of water near a bridge not far from where the first barrel was found, Shore said. An autopsy has been ordered to identify the victim and determine how he died.

The woman has been identified, but her name has not been released because all her family has not been notified, Shore said.

"The woman was last seen over 30 days ago, and looking at what we've done so far, we're thinking her time of death was close to the last time she was seen," Shore said.

Investigators are talking to friends of the female victim. No arrests have been made.

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