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Human skeletal remains found near Porter Regional Hospital

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Human skeletal remains discovered near Porter Regional Hospital (PRH) were being examined today by forensic anthropologists at the University of Indianapolis (UI), Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris is reporting.

The remains were found at 1:18 p.m. Tuesday by a Enbridge Energy crew conducting a routine inspection of a natural-gas line running several hundred yards northwest of PRH, Harris said. The scene was immediately secured by Porter County Sheriff’s Police detectives and crime scene technicians through the night and into Wednesday morning, when Harris and a team led by UI forensic anthropologist Dr. Krista Latham arrived to recover the remains and search the site.

Harris told the Chesterton Tribune after deadline on Wednesday that the remains were found scattered above ground over a small area, that they appear to be female and several months old, and that most of the skeleton was recovered by Latham and her colleagues. Also recovered: evidence which helped investigators to make a preliminary identification of the body. Harris declined to be more specific.

“Dr. Latham’s team was extremely meticulous,” he said. “They gridded up the scene and examined the grids one by one and slowly. They know what they’re doing.”

Latham subsequently took custody of the remains and will be examining them in an attempt to determine the cause of death, Harris said. DNA tests will also be conducted to confirm the preliminary identification. Harris added that he’s hopeful of obtaining the presumed person’s dental records to expedite identification. “We’re still six weeks out on DNA.”

Harris emphasized that currently investigators have found nothing of a suspicious nature at the scene.

PCSP Chief Deputy Jeff Biggs concurred. “Foul play is not believed to be involved at this time and there are no public safety concerns in reference to this incident,” he said in a statement released on Wednesday.


Posted 9/6/2018




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