PINECREST, Tenn. (WATE) – Remains found in a wooded area by a deer hunter Friday afternoon could be those of a Campbell County woman missing since September, according to deputies.
Investigators say, with an abundance of caution, they believe the remains could be those of Starla Pride, 47.
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Campbell County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Aaron Evans says the hunter found what he believed to be human remains around 4 p.m. just off the lake bank of Norris Lake between Twin Cove Marina and Mountain Lake Marina.
Deputies arrived a short time later and after a short boat ride, the decomposed remains were found several hundred feet into a heavily wooded area and dry creek bed.
The remains will be sent to the Regional Forensics Center in Knox County as deputies say they could not be immediately identified. Although the remains were found outside the last search area for Price, they were close enough in proximity to validate the possibility.
Foul play is not suspected, but this is yet to be confirmed. Deputies have met with Pride’s family and ask everyone to keep them in their prayers.