remains discovered near Porter Regional Hospital (PRH) were being examined
today by forensic anthropologists at the University of Indianapolis (UI),
Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris is reporting.
The remains were
found at 1:18 p.m. Tuesday by a Enbridge Energy crew conducting a routine
inspection of a natural-gas line running several hundred yards northwest of
PRH, Harris said. The scene was immediately secured by Porter County
Sheriff’s Police detectives and crime scene technicians through the night
and into Wednesday morning, when Harris and a team led by UI forensic
anthropologist Dr. Krista Latham arrived to recover the remains and search
Harris told the
Chesterton Tribune after deadline on Wednesday that the remains were
found scattered above ground over a small area, that they appear to be
female and several months old, and that most of the skeleton was recovered
by Latham and her colleagues. Also recovered: evidence which helped
investigators to make a preliminary identification of the body. Harris
declined to be more specific.
“Dr. Latham’s team
was extremely meticulous,” he said. “They gridded up the scene and examined
the grids one by one and slowly. They know what they’re doing.”
took custody of the remains and will be examining them in an attempt to
determine the cause of death, Harris said. DNA tests will also be conducted
to confirm the preliminary identification. Harris added that he’s hopeful of
obtaining the presumed person’s dental records to expedite identification.
“We’re still six weeks out on DNA.”
that currently investigators have found nothing of a suspicious nature at
PCSP Chief Deputy
Jeff Biggs concurred. “Foul play is not believed to be involved at this time
and there are no public safety concerns in reference to this incident,” he
said in a statement released on Wednesday.