Little info unearthed on human remains
‘A very tedious, forensic investigation’
— It’s been three months since human remains were found off an Elkton-area road, and investigators still haven’t been able to glean any conclusive information — including if the remains are that of a man or a woman, police reported.
“It is a very tedious, forensic investigation. Right now, we don’t have anything decisive that we can release,” said Lt. Michael Holmes, a Cecil County Sheriff’s Office spokesman.
The Maryland State Medical Examiner’s Office in Baltimore conducted the first examination of the human remains, which a road crew discovered about 3 p.m. Jan. 7 while working in the area of West Chestnut Hill Road and Iron Hill Road, which are off Route 279, northeast of Elkton, near the Delaware state line.
While examiners in that office were able to confirm that what was found are, indeed, human remains, they were unable to draw other conclusions, Holmes said.
Since then, he added, investigators have turned to “forensic experts” with other law enforcement
agencies in other states, as well as civilians in that specialized field, to examine the remains and review existing reports.
“We’re consulting with other forensic specialists and getting their opinions,” Holmes said, adding, “We still haven’t been able to make any conclusions as far as race,
sex, age, length of time (since death) and manner of death.”
Holmes noted that CCSO investigators are still “working very closely” with the Maryland State Medical Examiner’s Office.
Meanwhile, CCSO investigators have been “reaching out” to law enforcement agencies to review open missing persons cases in those jurisdictions, according to Holmes, who also reported that there have been “nationwide” interactions with detec-
tives in other police departments.
But that sharing of information in those missing person cases has yielded no answers because, in part, more conclusions still need to be drawn from the human remains, Holmes reported.
“We don’t have a timeframe,” Holmes said, referring to when the person in the Cecil County case died and how long the remains of that person were out in the elements before they were discovered in January.
That lack of information makes it difficult when trying to connect this human remains case to missing person cases in which investigators generally know the dates of the disappearances, he explained.
Because of the ongoing investigation, Holmes declined to detail the condition of the human remains found.
Anyone with information that could help in this investigation is asked to call the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office’s Criminal Investigation Division at 410-392-2123.