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FILE -- Yakima County Coroner's Office. (Yakima Herald-Republic / Donald W. Meyers, file

YAKIMA, Wash. — An autopsy on remains found in a freezer near Toppenish last week has been scheduled for Wednesday, Yakima County Coroner Jim Curtice said.

Authorities were called to the 64000 block of U.S. Highway 97 around 4:20 p.m. July 4 after two homeless men found remains in a freezer in a field where garbage is frequently dumped, sheriff’s spokesman Casey Schilperoort said earlier.

Due to the condition of the body, investigators were not able to initially determine the sex of the body or when the person died. Officials are considering it a homicide.

Yakima County sheriff’s office, Yakama Nation Tribal Police and the FBI are involved in the case, as the remains were found on the Yakama Nation reservation.

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