Human remains to be studied, DNA analysis to be performed
An anthropologist will be used to help solve the mysterious discovery recently in Burlington Township of human remains that included 87 bones, including a skull.
Bradford County Coroner Tom Carman said the remains in the woody, swampy area off Bennett Road were found by hunters.
"They stumbled upon the skull and they immediately called the state police," he said.
So far, no positive identification has been made.
"We do have a possible subject; however, we will be waiting for the DNA analysis to confirm our suspicion," he said.
That's where the anthropologist will come in.
"We are waiting for consultation with an anthropologist who will be studying the bones to provide us with a basic profile," Carman said. The profile is meant to establish a sex, height, potential weight, and potential underlying medical conditions, such as arthritis, for the remains.
Also, a DNA analysis and an examination of the bones for any potential traumatic injury will be conducted, according to Carman.
He said the majority of the bones were on the surface and some were in the subsurface when they were discovered.
"We recovered a total of 87 bones, which were primarily the larger bones, including the skull," he said.
Carman said the remains were recovered in a remote area off Bennett Road in the woods, on private property.
State police at Towanda said the unknown human remains were discovered at 11:19 a.m. Jan. 11.
According to Carman, the remains were laying on the ground from one year to five years, which he said is his "best guess."
No tissue was found on the remains, he said.
He said the skull was intact and a mandible, or lower jaw, was found, but it was not attached to the skull.
Carman is hopeful that the remains can be identified.
"I'm very optimistic that we will have a positive identification on DNA analysis."