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Missouri authorities can't identify skeletal remains. Can this jewelry offer a clue?

The Barry County, Mo., Sheriff's Office posted photos Tuesday, May 1, 2018, of jewelry found with skeletal remains in hopes of identifying the victim.
The Barry County, Mo., Sheriff's Office posted photos Tuesday, May 1, 2018, of jewelry found with skeletal remains in hopes of identifying the victim. Barry County Sheriff's Office

Five weeks after skeletal human remains were found in rural southwest Missouri, authorities still don't have an ID — they don't even know whether the person was a man or a woman. Now investigators are hoping jewelry will provide an answer.

The Barry County, Mo., Sheriff's Office posted four photos on its Facebook page Tuesday of jewelry the person was wearing at the time of death: what appeared to be a Neff rubber watchband, a metal bracelet and a bottle-cap-opener ring.

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The Barry County, Mo., Sheriff's Office posted photos Tuesday, May 1, 2018, of jewelry found with skeletal remains in hopes of identifying the victim. Barry County Sheriff's Office

Authorities estimate the remains had been in a remote field near Jenkins, Mo., "for two to five years." A landowner found the remains on March 26, the sheriff's office told The Monett, Mo., Times.

KY3 reported that detectives checked with families of people reported missing in the area and sent the remains to the University of North Texas for DNA testing, but nothing yet has led them to an answer.

Some Facebook commenters speculate the jewelry belonged to a man.

The sheriff's office hopes social media will help identify the victim. So far, the photos of the jewelry have been shared more than 1,600 times on Facebook.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Barry County Sheriff's Office at 417-847-6556.

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