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NATCHEZ, Miss. – Wildlife officials in Mississippi said they found a man’s boot Monday with human remains inside.

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks reported finding the boot along the bank of the Mississippi in an area near Natchez called Anna’s Bottom, The Natchez Democrat reported.

County Coroner James Lee said the Adams County Sheriff’s Office called him after wildlife officials reported finding the boot.

“A man working in the area of the river walked up on what appeared to be a boot with human remains intact,” Lee told The Democrat. “I arrived at the scene around 1:45 p.m. when I noticed a boot lying on the river edge where the water had receded.”

The remains were taken to the Mississippi State Crime Lab for analysis, WAPT reported. Lee said an anthropologist will conduct a post-mortem examination to try to identify the remains.

“This case is very interesting to me because after being published we may be able to identify the remains by forensic analysis,” Lee told The Democrat. “I am very sorry that someone lost a loved one this way, but it is my duty to identify the remains to the best of my ability.”

Boot with human remains found on bank of Mississippi River near Natchez

Mississippi wildlife officials found the human remains inside the boot in an area known as Anna’s Bottom near Natchez.