Po­lice: Re­mains ID’d as fe­male

Found by road crew in Jan­uary

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By CARL HAMILTON

ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

— Hu­man bones dis­cov­ered near an Elk­tonarea road in Jan­uary were that of a woman, po­lice re­ported Mon­day.

But the iden­tity of the woman and the cause and ap­prox­i­mate date of her death re­main un­known, some 10 months after a road crew dis­cov­ered the hu­man re­mains on Jan. 7 while work­ing in the area of the Tin­ter­sec­tion of West Ch­est­nut Hill and Iron Hill roads, which are off Route 279, north­east of Elkton near the Delaware state line, ac­cord­ing to Lt. Michael Holmes, a Ce­cil County Sher­iff’s Of­fice spokesman.

“We be­lieve the sub­ject was a fe­male,” Holmes said, adding that the Mary­land State Med­i­cal Ex­am­iner’s Of­fice in Bal­ti­more also was able to “give us an idea of how old she was, some guide­lines for her age.”

How­ever, cit­ing the on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion, Holmes de­clined to de­tail the age spec­trum de­ter­mined by those pathol­o­gists. Nor was Holmes at lib­erty to dis­cuss other as­pects of the case be­cause of the CCSO in­ves­ti­ga­tion, which has been sup­ple­mented foren­si­cally by the MSMEOs and med­i­cal

ELKTON

ex­am­in­ers in other states.

“A lot of this case in­volves how the bones got there,” Holmes said. “This still is a very ac­tive in­ves­ti­ga­tion. There are a lot of things about this case I can’t talk about be­cause we don’t want to com­pro­mise the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

As he had done over the past 10 months, Holmes still de­clined to de­scribe the bones. He also wasn’t at lib­erty to com­ment on what in­ves­ti­ga­tors found near the bones back in Jan­uary.

At that time, Holmes had told the Ce­cil Whig, “Ev­i­dence was found at the scene, in very close prox­im­ity to the bones, and we’re look­ing into it. It could help us de­ter­mine who the vic­tim was.”

Pathol­o­gists still pe­ri­od­i­cally ex­am­ine the bones, even 10 months after the hu­man re­mains were dis­cov­ered, ac­cord­ing to Holmes. The bones have been shipped to other med­i­cal ex­am­iner’s of­fices, for ad­di­tional in­put, he re­ported.

“They (the bones) are still be­ing looked at. We’ve called upon foren­sic ex­perts,” Holmes said.

On Jan. 7, re­spond­ing deputies found the hu­man re­mains close to a dead-end on West Ch­est­nut Road, after a road crew su­per­vi­sor con­tacted the agency about the dis­cov­ery.

Po­lice did not pub­li­cize the dis­cov­ery un­til a day later — only after the med­i­cal ex­am­in­ers con­firmed that the re­mains are, in­deed, that of a hu­man.

Within a days after the dis­cov­ery, CCSO de­tec­tives checked all miss­ing per­son re­ports that had been filed in Ce­cil County and this re­gion within an un­spec­i­fied time frame, but noth­ing jibed, Holmes re­ported at the time.

Holmes qual­i­fied, how­ever, “Not ev­ery miss­ing per­son has been re­ported miss­ing.”

CE­CIL WHIG FILE PHOTO BY CARL HAMILTON

Hu­man bones found in Jan­uary off Ch­est­nut Hill Road near Elkton, a short dis­tance from this Tin­ter­sec­tion, were that of a woman, po­lice re­ported Mon­day.

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