Authorities ID bones found back in January Remains discovered in remote, swampy area in Burlington Township
The Bradford County Coroner's Office has released the name of the skeletal remains that were discovered in a swampy area, in the woods off of Bennett Road, Burlington Township on Jan. 11, 2014.
The remains have been identified as 51-year-old Duane John Scott Jr. of Towanda, the state police at Towanda said in a press release that they issued on Thursday.
There was no foul play in Scott's death, state police at Towanda said.
Scott was last seen in the Towanda area on July 27, 2012, the state police said. When last seen, he was operating a red pickup truck, police said.
Scott's skeletal remains, which included 87 bones, were discovered by hunters at 11:19 a.m. on Jan. 11, Bradford County Coroner Thomas Carman said. Upon discovering the remains, the hunters immediately called the state police, Carman has said. No tissue was found on the remains, the coroner has said.
Although the cause of Scott's death is unknown and the manner in which he died is undetermined, there is no evidence of foul play in relation to Scott's death, the coroner said.
When the discovery of the bones was announced on Jan. 16, the coroner had said the bones would be examined for any potential traumatic injury.
There were injuries present on the remains that had occurred during past events in Scott's life, the coroner said.
No traumatic injuries
However, there were no traumatic injuries present on the remains that occurred at the time of Scott's death or during the recent past prior to his death, according to the coroner.
Scott's skeletal remains were discovered in a remote area off Bennett Road, in the woods, on private property, the coroner said.
The majority of the bones were on the surface, but some were in the subsurface when they were discovered, the coroner has said.
Among the bones that were discovered was Scott's skull, he has said.
The skull was intact and a mandible, or lower jaw, was found, but it was not attached to the skull, the coroner has said.
When the discovery of the bones was announced, the coroner had said that a DNA analysis would be done to help identify the remains.
In addition, a forensic anthropologist, Elizabeth DiGangi, assisted the Coroner's Office and the police in the identification of the remains, according to the state police.
When the discovery of the bones was announced, Carman had said that an anthropologist would be called in to study the bones to provide a "basic profile" of the individual whose remains were discovered. Such a profile is meant to establish a sex, height, potential weight, and potential underlying medical conditions, such as arthritis, for the remains, the coroner had said.
When the state police announced in 2012 that Scott was a missing person, they provided a physical description of him, which included a scar from his chest to his groin due to heart surgery.
Scott had attended the Towanda schools and had worked as a general contractor in the area for a number of years, according to his obituary.
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