STOREY COUNTY, NV - An investigation conducted by the Storey County Sheriff's Office confirms human remains were found in a septic tank north of Virginia City.
The remains were found on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 during a routine cleaning of the septic tank, according to an official with the Storey Sheriff's Office.
Based on the size of the bones, officials believe the remains most likely belong to a fully developed adult.
It is estimated the bones had been in the tank more than 25 years. The same septic tank was cleaned one other time, in 1996. During that routine cleaning, hair and bone fragments were found.
Officials believe the hair and bone fragments found in 1996 are consistent with the remains found this week.
Originally, it was thought that the hair and bone fragments found belonged to an animal, according to an official with the Storey County Sheriff's Office.
The gender and identity of the individual is still unknown.
Officials say this is being investigated as a homicide.
The current residents of the home where the remains were found are not believed to have any involvement, as it is suspected that the remains pre-date their residency, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.
The homeowner's name and address are being withheld.