CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Chesterfield police are investigating the discovery of human remains about a block from Chesterfield Towne Center.
Authorities say the remains were found around 7 a.m. behind the Bed, Bath and Beyond near a ravine on Busy Street in the Crossroads Business Park. They aren't sure if the remains are male or female or how they died. The Fire Department is helping remove the remains.
The body was found about ten feet down the ravine. Crews wearing white hazardous materials suits were investigating the area.
Employees of The Crossroads Business Park where the remains were found were shocked by the discovery, saying the area is quiet and not heavily traveled.
"It was quite a shock coming in this morning and seeing all the police officers and fire truck and them not telling us what was happening," explains Lisa Evans.
Evans is co-owner of the popcorn company, 'Grand Pops Best' and has operated out of this office since 2007.
That's why she was surprised to learn that someone had been found dead nearby.
"Very safe. Very quiet. We work all hours some times when we have big orders and we've never had a problem," she says.
Police are still working to identify those remains.
And, at this point, investigators don't know if those remains belong to a man or a woman.
Now, employees like "Casey" are trying to understand how something like this could happen:
"I've never seen any strangers out here, maybe a stray cat every now and then, but never a random person," says Casey.
He says in the past, he would come in at night, but with Monday's discovery, he's starting to rethinking that.
"You're probably not going to be here after hours anymore," asks the reporter.
"No," Casey said emphatically. "I don't even want to be in here by myself during the day now."
Workers say they never see anyone hanging around these woods- no homeless, no teens.
There were no paths or camps, but there is a sudden drop off that is more than 6-feet deep.
If you know anything about this case investigators, police want to hear from you, call them at 804-748-1251.