2018-11-08 / Front Page

Bones In Bedford Could Take A Year To Identify

STAFF REPORT

The human skeletal remains that were found in a wooded area in Snake Spring Township, Bedford County, could take up to a year or more to identify, according to news sources. The remains were found by a hunter on Oct. 20 at 8:30 a.m., just a few hundred yards behind the Mile Level Farm Market and Greenhouses along Lincoln Highway.

According to news sources, Bedford County Coroner Rusty Styer was able to determine that the bones, of which only 10 percent were found, had been in the woods between three and 10 years. A sweep was later conducted of the surrounding area by Pennsylvania State Police and Styer, but no further discoveries were made.

Upon examination of the remains,

Styer found no signs of trauma to indicate a possible cause of death.

It is still unknown what happened to the entire skeleton, but Styer stated that the bones they found had been gnawed on by rodents. He also suggested that the slope of the terrain combined with freezing and thawing cycles in the winter could also be responsible for scattering.

A team of forensic anthropologists from Mercyhurst University in Erie that also examined the bones determined that the person was likely a white male, 5 feet, 11 inches and at least 50 years old. The remains will now be sent to the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification for DNA testing. According to news sources, this could take several months to a year.

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