Police: Remains ID’d as female
Found by road crew in January
— 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
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.”
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.