UPDATE: 3 skeletons found in Southeast D.C. buried for at least 1 year

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As of Monday forensics experts know that the human remains of three women buried near an apartment complex in the 100 block of Wayne Place SE are in such poor condition that it appears they’ve been in the ground for at least one year and possibly much longer.

How long it will take to identify the victims discovered and determine how they died are just two of the many mysteries that remain.

“At this point we don't have them identified,” said Chief Peter Newsham of the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department. “The identification process will be a combination of work between the Department of Forensic Sciences and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and my detectives.”

As DCW50 reporter last week, the first set of bones were discovered by a construction crew renovating the vacant apartment building.

Over the next few days, police used cadaver dogs to locate two more bodies that were found together in a grave several yards behind the building in an overgrown area of the block.

No foul play has been linked to the bones but police are using homicide detectives to investigate and won’t share information about whether or not anything was found in the grave that could help identify the bodies.

“Our next order of business is to pull together a biometrical profile to try to identify age, ancestry as well as stature of these skeletal remains,” said Dr. Roger Mitchell, Chief Medical Examiner for the District.

Meanwhile detectives will focus on interviewing people who lived in the building before it was shut down. Police admit that may take a long time since the structure was built close to 70 years ago.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at 202-727-9099.  Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.