Remains found in Scott Co. identified as 24 year-old

SCOTT CO., Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Scott Co. Sheriff's Office identified the body of the man whose bones were discovered by a dog early last week. The Sheriff's Office along with TBI and UT Forensic said the remains were of 24 year-old David Alexander Claxton.

Officials said no missing person's report was filed for David Alexander Claxton before his remains were found.

Authorities first learned of the remains when the dog's owner alerted the Sheriff's Office that the dog drug what appeared to be human bones into his yard. When investigators arrived, they found what they believed were general human skeletal remains, but still weren't sure from where the bones came. Teams searched the area for the next several days and did not find any more remains.

On Monday, Detective Randy Lewallen went to the dog owner's home to tell him they needed him to be home the next day. Lewallen reportedly noticed what he thought were more remains laying in the yard with the dog "Pit-bull."

When Detective Lewallen tried to retrieve the bones, the dog allegedly attacked him, cutting his mid-section and hand. "Pit-bull" was killed on the spot.

When officers then searched the area, they didn't find anything. The next day members of the Sheriff's Office and the TBI found a site where tehy found more human skeletal remains scattered in a small area. Sheriff Mike Cross said they think that was the body's original resting place.

All of the remains have been transported to UT Forensics for analysis.


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