MANCHESTER — Maine State Police believe the skeletal remains found by hunters in Manchester on Saturday were that of an unidentified Virginia man.

In a press release Sunday night, state police spokesman Steve McCausland said the remains were “tentatively identified” after a Virginia driver’s license was found with the body. He said foul play isn’t suspected in the case.

The remains were found about 200 yards off Puddledock Road around 8 a.m. Saturday morning, and they were so degraded that police estimated that they had likely been there for more than a year. Police couldn’t initially tell if the remains were male or female. Deputy Chief Ryan Reardon of the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office said Monday that the dead man was wearing a light jacket.

McCausland said police are now trying to track down relatives in Virginia before retracing the man’s footsteps to determine why he was in Maine.

“It’s very preliminary at this point,” Reardon said. “Obviously, until we talk to a relative, we don’t know who it is.”

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