Skeletal remains were found near Tacoma Community College Tuesday, police said.
A person walking their dog found the bones near a trail by the soccer field and called 911.
Police are unsure whether the death is a homicide.
Detectives cordoned off the wooded area Wednesday and were investigating the scene.
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Students were asked to avoid the back area of the N parking lot off South 19th Street, TCC spokeswoman Tamyra Howser said.
Classes were unaffected.
The Medical Examiner will determine the gender, age and cause of death.
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