Officials find 2 human remains in Somerset County

Pennsylvania State Police are searching the woods for suspected remains along Ligonier Pike, about a mile west of Route 985 in Somerset County. (WJAC)

CONEMAUGH TOWNSHIP -- Pennsylvania State Police searched the woods for remains on Saturday along Ligonier Pike, about a mile west of Route 985 in Somerset County.

The Somerset County district attorney confirmed the remains are from two bodies.

The DA said police were notified by archery hunters Friday afternoon of suspected remains.

The two hunters found the remains after they made their way into the woods to set up a stand for archery season.

State police said the primary spot they were looking at was only about 20 yards past the road.

About a dozen cars were on scene, including a state police reconstruction team and a forensic anthropology team from Mercyhurst University out of Erie.

Police said Saturday was spent methodically plotting and mapping the woods, trying to gather as much evidence as possible.

Throughout the day, a cadaver dog searched in the woods, and police also brought out a metal detector to search for clues.

The remains were located just miles away from where the car of two missing men was found back in March.

Officials say 19-year-old Damian Staniszewski and 32-year-old James Smith, of Cambria County, are missing and presumed dead.

In July, Cambria County District Attorney Kelly Callihan told 6News the search had gotten frustrating.

Police arrested one man in that case, but they said he wasn't providing them with information they thought he had about the case.

There's no official word tonight that that case is related to the human remains found Friday.

A press conference with more information will be held on Monday at 11:00 a.m. at the Pennsylvania State Police Somerset Barracks.

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