Human remains discovered near Quincy furniture store

Police investigate the discovery of human remains near Slumberland Furniture in Quincy.

The Quincy Police Department says a Missouri photo ID was found Wednesday night at the scene where human remains were discovered.

Adams County Coroner Jim Keller said the remains will undergo an autopsy in Bloomington, Ill. on Friday.

Keller also said his top priority is releasing the remains back to the person's family as soon as possible, but is not sure when that might happen. The remains will stay in custody of the coroner's office until then.

A Quincy man who was looking for his dog found the body about 8:40 p.m. Wednesday in a wooded area behind Slumberland Furniture, 5009 Oak St., investigators at the scene said.

They couldn't begin processing the scene since it was so dark, Quincy Police Department Chief Rob Copley said.

"Basically, because of the lighting, it was hard to see, even with artificial lighting," he said. "We secured the scene and started the investigation at first light."

Chief Copley said police aren't ready to release identifying information at this time and he would not say if it appears that this is a missing person or a case of foul play.

"It looks like they've been there a considerable amount of time," he said.

Officials believe the remains may have gone undiscovered for several months. As a result, Keller said DNA testing may take longer in this case, but the time frame for making an identification varies with each case.

The remains appear to be that of a male, Keller said.

"At this point it's just skeletal remains and we haven't had a chance to examine anything," Keller said. "He's going to remain a John Doe until we make a positive identification."