More suspected human remains were located last week in the same general area where the remains suspected to be those of a woman missing five years were discovered on Dec. 1.

Logan County Sheriff Steve Smith said after remains were discovered by deer hunters on Walker Mountain in the French Prairie area near Ione, nightfall prevented a thorough search of the area, so he scheduled an intense search for last Tuesday.

During that search more remains were found.

"We’re not sure exactly how much but we did find more human remains," Smith said.

Smith said Wednesday the search has concluded and that all of the remains were sent to the State Crime Lab for analysis. Smith said it could be several weeks before a positive identification is made.

However, the sheriff also said he still believes the remains are those of Kelli Renee Rice, who went missing March 2, 2008. Rice, who was 24 at the time of her disappearance, had last been seen in the general area where the remains were located.

After the initial discovery Smith said he is also in hopes the Crime Lab can make a determination as to whether foul play or something else, like the elements, contributed to death.

The remains were located on a plateau on commercial property, the sheriff said.