CHESTER -- Preliminary autopsy results on a human skeleton found in a Chester park could be known within five days, authorities said.
The skeleton, found Monday night at Gayle Community Park by a group of teenagers, was sent Tuesday to Newberry for the autopsy.
"They saw this piece of fabric," Chester County Sheriff Robby Benson said of the teens. "They thought it was a tarp that they could use. They picked it up, and that's when they saw the bones."
Authorities said the boys ran from the scene to their neighborhood, where a city police officer also lives. Gayle Community Park is about a mile west of Chester.
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That officer determined that the bones were that of a human, Benson said.
"It was laying on the ground," he said. "Most of the bones were exposed. It was just bones and clothes. No skin."
Authorities don't know the identity of the skeleton, how long the skeleton had been in the park or how the person died. However, they believe the skeleton was that of "an older teenager up to an adult," Benson said.
Authorities said the bones were clad in a cotton top similar to a sweat shirt, pants and shoes. Benson declined to release specifically what type of clothing or shoes were discovered, citing the ongoing investigation.
While officials did not find a wallet on the skeleton, they did recover a cigarette lighter, Benson said.
A dental examination will be done in an attempt to identify the person. Meanwhile, authorities will review their reports of missing persons. A final autopsy report is expected in about two weeks.
Anyone with information about the skeleton is asked to call Chester County Sheriff's Office at (803) 581-5131.