Kenton County police will have to wait for a medical examiner to perform an autopsy on a partially decomposed body found near soutbound Interstate 75 Tuesday before determining how their investigation will proceed.
The body was found at about 8:30 a.m. near the I-75 and I-71 split in southern Kenton County by Glen Copher, a member of a mowing crew.
"We were just driving along mowing, and I thought it might have been a dead animal," Copher said. "I looked and saw the skull and said that's no dead animal it's a human being."
Kenton County Police Chief Brian Capps said his officers were treating the discovery as a crime until they get that autopsy report.
"There's some soil around it, maybe some clothing, it's hard to tell for sure, race, but we believe it's a female," Capps said.
Evidence was collected before the body was transported for an autopsy by a coroner to determine identity and cause of death.
Capps said there was no clear indication of cause of death.
It was also unclear how long the body was left along the interstate, or how the body ended up in the area. Capps said the remains were taken to Saint Elizabeth Medical Center in Fort Thomas, where the autopsy will be performed.
"It could easily be a hitchhiker, someone walking and died of natural causes, that is a possibility. We're not ruling anything out," Capps said.
In addition to the autopsy, Capps said his department will be working with various agencies throughout the Tri-State to determine if any reports of missing females match the remains.
9 On Your Side's Amy Wadas and Mario Ramirez contributed to this report.