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Investigators Hope Photos Lead to ID of Skeletal Remains

DAYTON -- The Montgomery County Coroner needs your help to solve a mystery.

They're  working to identify skeletal remains found by some kids in Dayton.

They have some new clues and hope someone has some answers.

The Montgomery County Coroner's Office has been trying to figure out the identity of the remains for several weeks.

The only thing they've been able to figure out is that it is a male, aged 35 to 65 and was about 5-foot-11.

"The reality is we need help, we don't know, we're stuck where we are right now unless we get a missing person to compare it to," said Dr. Kent Harshbarger, Montgomery County Coroner's Office.

Dr. Harshbarger is the Montgomery County Coroner and he says right now, his office is stumped.

"We're trying to get the local resources used which in this case is the public to see the clothing to see if we can get an identification," said Dr. Harshbarger.

The skeletal remains were in this wooded area off Home Avenue in Dayton for two to five years before they were discovered by a group of neighborhood kids.

"It was just right over here, on the other side of the park by the wooded area by the abandoned apartments," said Michael Hernandez.

Hernandez had just got home, when his neighbors told him what they found.

"We thought it was dog bones and come to find out it was an actual body," said Hernandez.

Friday, the coroner's office is hoping these pictures will help identify the remains.

The photos are of a hooded sweatshirt, with beaded artwork that was found on the remains.

"It's unique to us we believe it's, we believe that someone might recognize the clothing that was worn," said Dr. Harshbarger.

The body was also found wearing dark work pants with the brand name Puntan, and size 34-waist and 32-length.

"We don't know how long it's been there or how it even really happened that person could have been murdered for all we know," said Hernandez.

Right now, the coroner says the bones don't have any noticeable trauma to them, but with no soft tissue, it's hard to say exactly what happened to the person, which is why they're now asking for the public's help.

"We usually get some rapid phone calls after doing these so we're looking forward to identifying this person," said Dr. Harshbarger.

The coroner says the remains are those of a man between 35 to 65 years old who stood about 5-foot-11.

Again he's been deceased for two to five years.

If you recognize the sweatshirt, you're asked to call the coroner's office at 225-4156.


DAYTON -- Investigators today shared photos of clothing found last month with human remains in a wooded area.

The skeletal remains were found July 16, 2014, by children and now investigators are hoping someone recognizes the clothing, which will lead to an identification of the body.

If you recognize the clothing, or have any information about the incident near Home Road in Dayton, you're urged to call the Montgomery County Coroner's Office at 937-225-4156 or Dayton Police at 937-333-2677 (COPS).

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