Winchester, Tenn., police working to identify human remains

Winchester, Tenn., police spent most of Wednesday and Thursday exhuming human remains found in the yard of a home on Spring Hill Drive in what for now is a missing person's investigation turned homicide probe as officials work to identify the body.

The body was found during an investigation into the report of a missing person filed last week, Winchester police Chief Richard Lewis said. The investigation led to a search warrant that was served at the home around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, he said.

The body, wrapped in a sheet or blanket, was buried in the backyard of the rancher-style brick home in an area between downtown Winchester and Decherd.

According to the Winchester Police Department's Facebook page, a missing person notification was posted Monday regarding 50-year-old James L. Wood, who was reportedly last heard from on July 29.