CLE ELUM—Human remains have been unearthed at a work site near the golf course on Suncadia Resort, just west of Cle Elum.
At 8:30AM Monday morning a backhoe operator working on the construction site found the remains while working on trenching for a watering system for one of the golf courses when he noticed a piece of clothing. The Kittitas County Sheriff's Office was notified shortly there after by the job site supervisor.
Sheriff's detectives set up a site perimeter and processing strategy before beginning excavation of the body Monday afternoon. Initial discoveries believe the bones to be that of a female buried 18 to 24 inches below the surface.
The body was found with clothes on. Detectives tell us there is no indication of foul play at this time, however only part of the skeleton has been unearthed. The process will take several days.
It is unknown how long the body has been at this site as well as the age of the remains. The Sheriff's department is working with Central Washington University to determine more information about the uncovered remains.
"Suncadia Staff has been very cooperative throughout this investigation and has provided both resource and historical information on the development," says Undersheriff Clayton Myers.
There are currently two teams of investigators working the case: the first focusing on the excavation, the second on compiling cases involving missing women.