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Human remains found in home, 'strong likelihood it's homicide'

WILLIAMS TWP., Pa. - The home in question sits up on a hill, tucked away from neighbors.

However, not so much that its neighbors wouldn't notice when police and forensic teams show up. 

Investigators sifted through the property in Williams Township Thursday night after human remains were found in a container in the basement. 

Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli says the remains were located in something like a storage bin and the county prosecutor is calling it a criminal case. 

"Although it's always possible that someone died from natural causes, you know, usually people don't put themselves in a plastic bin and put the lid on top of 'em," Morganelli said. "I think there is a strong likelihood this was a homicide, but ultimately that will be determined after forensic."

State police say the homeowner's son called 911 after finding the remains while cleaning out the basement of the home on Spring Water Court Thursday night.

Authorities didn't elaborate on how long the remains may have been there, but said the body was decomposing.

"This will not be an easy autopsy situation," Morganelli said.

The hope is Saturday's autopsy will lead detectives to figure out who was inside that bin. Meanwhile, police are digging into local and national missing persons reports to begin their investigation.

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