The identity of a person whose bones were found by the intersection of state Route 58 and New London Eastern Road in Huntington Township is being sought by police.
The remains were discovered March 22 by resident Tom Jordan, who called the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office, according toLorain County coroner Stephen Evans.
Evans said his office hasn’t determined whether the person’s sex or age and may seek help from archaeologists from area colleges in making the determination.
“It’s going to be a major undertaking to find out who this person is,” he said. “We’re early in the process.”
Identifying the bones may be difficult. At the end of 2013, there were 84,136 missing person cases entered in the National Crime Information Center database, according to the FBI.
A 2007 National Institute of Justice report called “Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains: The Nation’s Silent Mass Disaster” said the the missing persons case workload for local and state law enforcement is “staggering.”
It noted there are more than 40,000 sets of human remains in evidence rooms of medical examiners nationally. The report said many labs lack resources to perform DNA analysis or don’t have time to enter missing persons or human remains information into state and federal databases.
A report on the investigation was unavailable. Lt. Heath Tester wrote in an email that investigators were “still awaiting further investigation by the coroner’s office and additional analysis of the skeletal remains.”
No one answered the door at Jordan’s home March 23. However, Chris Hastings, owner of CJ Motorsports, said he saw at least six investigators digging at the site until 10 p.m. March 22. Hastings, whose business is at 29280 state Rt. 58 about a quarter-mile from the discovery, said they were there for at least several hours.
Hastings, who said he grew up on Stewart Road near the site, said he was baffled how a body could’ve been buried by the much-traveled road.
The location is about a half-mile north of the Ashland County line.
“It just doesn’t make any sense unless it was buried there so long ago that it was when this road wasn’t heavily traveled,” he said. “(Otherwise) somebody would have to be really quick or really brave to bury a body there.”
Hastings, who bought the business in 2011, said he sometimes rides his snowmobile where the bones from the body were found to get to work in heavy snow. “For all I know, I’ve been riding over it,” he said.
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Evan Goodenow | Wellington Enterprise The Lorain County coroner’s office says identifying the human remains found here, in a grassy area at Rt. 58 and New London Eastern Road, will be a daunting task.