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JOHNSTOWN, NY (WRGB) -- Police say they believe remains of an elderly man, found in a suitcase in a field in Arkansas, came from a Johnstown home.

They say the body was driven hundreds of miles from Johnstown to Arkansas.

State police forensic units searched a Perry street home after getting a search warrant Wednesday.

Lt. Dave Gilbo of the City of Johnstown police says Sunday, Arkansas police found the remains. He says the house has been on surveillance since Monday.

Lt. Gilbo says Arkansas state police got a 9-1-1 call from a person who saw the body in the pickup. By the time police pulled the truck over, they'd disposed of the remains in a field.

The woman in the truck was questioned and released by Arkansas police, but that's because they hadn't found the body yet.

Another resident of this home, Michael Stivers, remains in jail in arkansas. He was held on a warrant after pulling over the pickup.

Another resident of the Perry Street home was questioned by Johnstown police Wednesday. She was released back to the home.

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Police say This is going to take a couple of months to even determine if it's a natural cause of death, which is what they think it is, or some other type of homicide related incident.

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