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Human Remains Discovered Near Philadelphia & Riverview in Dayton

DAYTON -- A grizzly discovery along Dayton railroad tracks has spawned an investigation.

The Montgomery County Coroner will work to identify the human remains found Monday afternoon.

The cause of death and the identity of the man is still unknown. As investigators explained, it's a long, complicated road ahead to close this case.

There are no signs of foul play within the human remains found today in the 2500 block of West Riverview Avenue. But that doesn't mean figuring out the man's identity will be any easier.

"People go missing and usually when it starts stinking that people notice them. Especially when they're in obsolete areas," Dayton Police Sgt. Richard Blommel said Monday at the crime scene.

In this case investigators say the body has been decomposing for quite some time, creating a heavy work load for the coroner.

"The animals have been feasting upon the remains and he'll have to put all the pieces together," Sgt. Blommel explained. "We have to take into account if there are missing pieces is it the animals? It's spread out all over. I'm sure we don't have it all."

Along with the coroner's investigators, a cold case detective was called out to examine the crime scene as well to see if early clues could point to an open case.

"The bones will be collected and sent to the lab and try to identify through missing persons database and check reports bases on clothing," Blommel added. "It's a slow, meticulous process but the chances are he will be identified."

Police say this is the second decomposing body found this summer.



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DAYTON -- A man and woman walking near the railroad tracks by Philadelphia Drive and West Riverview Avenue reportedly found human remains.

Dayton police say the remains appear to be those of an adult male.

The Montgomery County Coroner's Office has been called to the scene, which also is near Wolf Creek.

Police say they don't have any evidence at this time to consider the death suspicious.

 
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