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Connie Ray, 61, has been arrested and charged with abuse of a corpse, false reporting, tampering with evidence and accessory after the fact in relation to human skeletal remains found in Coffee County Tuesday, July 16.

Ray was booked in Coffee County Jail at 6:45 p.m. on Tuesday.

There is currently an investigation related to the discovery, according to Coffee County District Attorney Craig Northcott.

“Connie Ray was arrested on false reporting, tampering with evidence, abuse of corpse and accessory after the fact charges related to the remains that were located at the Beechgrove area,” Northcott said. “She was arrested yesterday on those charges.

“The remains were found on the Cole Ridge Road area at Beechgrove yesterday evening around the same time she was arrested.”

Officials with the medical examiner office are currently in the process of trying to identify the remains.

“It may be hours, days or weeks before we are able to identify whose remains those are,” Northcott said.

It’s not clear if the remains are male or female.

“We have an active investigation going with respect to the discovery of the remains,” he said.

The Manchester Police Department and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation are investigating the case.

Ray is held in jail on $600,000 bond, according to the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department.

She is expected to appear in court on Aug. 6.