CELINA, Ohio (WANE) Human bones discovered in a state park in Mercer County, Ohio, at the beginning of the year are now in Texas, where they’ll be analyzed.
Investigators determined the bones found on Jan. 3 were human, specifically that of a 20-35-year-old man. Authorities said foul play is suspected, noting the bones must have been placed in the park’s wooded area some six months before they were found.
According to an update from Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey, the bones were transported to the University of North Texas, which specializes in bone analysis, to determine a cause of death. The bones were previously at the Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s lab in London, Ohio.
Grey said the department is waiting for whatever information the university can give. However, the process could take six months.
Meanwhile, detectives in Ohio are looking through databases to find missing males that could fit what they know about the victim. Even if they find someone that fits their basic description, authorities will not be able to connect them until they have the results from North Texas, Grey said.