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Cops release few details on remains found in W.Va.

May 03, 2006|From Staff reports


The identity of human remains discovered last month in Morgan County, W.Va., have not been determined and no information will be forthcoming until an identification has been made, a Morgan County law enforcement official Tuesday.

"Until we get a positive I.D. on this guy, we won't be releasing any more information," Morgan County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Timothy Stapleton said.

In a news release issued Tuesday, the sheriff's department said the body was discovered along the Potomac River in early April by sheriff's department officials. The investigation into the remains is being treated as a homicide, one which might have occurred nearly two years ago, the release states.


The medical examiner's office contacted the Smithsonian Institution's forensic anthropologist for assistance in further excavating the site. More remains and other evidence were found at the site, police said.

While no positive identification has been made, several leads are being explored. Additional interviews will be conducted to follow up on those leads, police said.

Morgan County authorities are being assisted in the investigation by Maryland and West Virginia State Police, according to police.

Anyone with information is being asked to call police at 304-258-1067.

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