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.

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