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Human remains discovered in Woodburn moved to forensic center for further testing

WOODBURN, Ind. (WPTA21) – The Allen County Coroner’s Office said the remains found in a wooded area in Woodburn this weekend have been transferred to the Northeast Indiana Forensic Center for further examination.

Someone discovered what officials believe to be human remains in the 1900 block of Doehrman Road in Woodburn on Sunday.

They were found about 150 feet off of Doehrman Road in a wooded area.

Based on the condition of the skeletal remains, officials say they appear to have been there for at least six months.

On Tuesday, the coroner’s office with help from the Allen County Sheriff’s Department and the University of Indianapolis Anthropology Department recovered a high percentage of bones.

Crews took the remains to the Northeast Indiana Forensic Center for further examination. The remains will then be sent to the Anthropology Department of the University of Indianapolis for additional examination and potential DNA testing.

The Allen County Coroner’s Office Chief Investigator Michael Burris said based on the position of the bones, someone could have placed the body there or the person may have walked there and then died.

Burris also said the remains were not carried from the river.

At this point, the coroner’s office can’t speculate the identity of the remains, or the cause and manner of death.

“Who it is is the number one thing, because we need to know who they are before we can even start to figure out how they ended up here, why are they here, where did they come from…so that’s our number one focus,” Burris said.

Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She serves as the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @KaylerJayne.

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