Human remains found in shallow grave on college campus


ROHNERT PARK, Calif. (KRON) — Human remains were found in a shallow grave at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park on Wednesday afternoon, police said.

At around 12:05 p.m., Sonoma State police was told by the school’s groundskeeper of a possible dead body in a wooded area of campus west of Parking Lot M.

The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department responded and determined that it was human remains that were found.

A pathologist from the county coroner’s office, a district attorney’s office investigator and crime detectives will take a few hours to unearth the remains, said Sgt. Spencer Crum.

“There’s no time restraint,” Crum said.

The remains are “in the form of a body and are not just bones,” Crum said.

There are no obvious missing persons or suspicious actively that can be linked to the discovery at this time, according to officials.

Police say the body has not been there long due to the amount of deterioration.

Authorities are actively investigating and asking people to stay away from the crime scene.

Anyone with information that might assist with the investigation is urged to call the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department at (707) 565-2121, or SSU Police and Safety Services at (707) 664-4444.

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