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Adult skeleton found in Dacula

DACULA - Workers found the skeletal remains of an adult human Monday in woods near Drowning Creek Road in Dacula.

Forensics experts haven't determined the victim's age or gender, but a preliminary review of dental records by the Gwinnett County Medical Examiner's Office shows the remains are not likely those of Justin Gaines, whose high-profile disappearance has stumped investigators for nearly two years.

It appears the bones, found near Tanner Road and the Barrow County line, had been exposed to the elements for more than a year, Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. David Schiralli said.

Workers with a tree service entered the property at the request of the owner and stumbled on the remains about 10 a.m. The cause of death has not been determined, Schiralli said.

Gaines, a Brookwood graduate and Gainesville State College student, vanished in November 2007 after a night of partying at a Duluth club. He remains classified as a missing person, but sources close to the case suspect he was murdered.

Gwinnett police suspended their search for Gaines last year. A $25,000 reward put up by his family still stands.