Cochise County Sheriff investigates unidentified body

Posted at 12:43 PM, Jun 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-27 16:01:53-04

The Cochise County Sheriff's Office is investigating an unidentified body that was found by employees at the Apache Generating Station near Cochise, Arizona on Monday.

They had discovered human remains in one of three coal rotary plows that are part of the coal elevating and delivery system.

The discovery was made when workers noticed the rotary plow was malfunctioning. 

Deputies arrived on scene and recovered skeletal bones and body parts in the advanced stages of decomposition. 

The recovered parts were handed over to the Pima County Medical Examiner's Office for testing in hopes to identify the subject. 

It appears that the body may have been in a coal train car prior to the coal being dumped into the coal chute at the power plant.

It's unknown how long the body may have been in the chute. 

The investigation is ongoing.