Investigation continues after discovery of human remains at Pawnee Lake

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Human remains have been discovered in southeast Nebraska, and parts of the lake where they were found remain closed.

The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office is investigating after the discovery was made on the southwest side of Pawnee Lake on Thursday. LCSO said Friday that the remains found at Pawnee Lake appeared to be "purposefully concealed."

The age, sex and race of the person of the person is unknown at this time.

The location is being treated as a crime scene, and the scene is being processed by the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office/Lincoln Police Joint Crime Scene Unit.

There are expected road closures, and public access to the area will be restricted.

In a Thursday afternoon press briefing, Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner said that the body was discovered in a field by a wooded area. He said the body was covered, but not buried. He said it was not “visible to the human eye.”

When asked Thursday whether the remains are linked to the disappearances of Ryan Larsen or Carly Schaaf, Wagner said, "we're surely keeping that in mind."

Authorities said Friday that they are seeking information from anyone who may have seen something suspicious at the lake in the past 10 days.

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