Michigan City Police Dept. logo (MCPD Facebook page) (May 6, 2013)

MICHIGAN CITY -- Authorities are hoping science can shed light on the identity of human remains found in a wooded area west of Michigan City.

La Porte County Chief Deputy Coroner Mark Huffman said Monday samples from the decomposed remains have been submitted to the Indiana State Police
laboratory for DNA testing.

Huffman said he will also transport the remains to a forensic pathologist
in Tippecanoe County later in the week.

Originally, he was going to have the remains immediately examined by a forensic

However, he chose to have the initial examination performed by a forensic pathologist, instead, to try and come up with the identity, gender and other answers like cause of death in a quicker time frame.

''We're going to find out what the forensic pathologist can find out for us first,''
said Huffman.

Huffman said the decomposed remains were found Friday afternoon in a wooded area about 50 yards east of County Line Road at Chandler Road near The Pines just inside the La Porte County line.
He would not disclose the condition of the remains.
The Michigan City Police Department has taken the lead in the investigation and on Monday was still not shedding much light on the discovery.