Update: Investigators Working to Identify Skeletal Remains
We have new information to report on the discovery of human remains in western Erie County on Sunday.
According to Erie County Coroner Lyell Cook, the victim is male, and investigators are working to confirm his identity.
The skeletal remains were found around noontime Sunday on Pennsylvania Game Commission Lands near Rudd Road and the railroad tracks in Springfield Township. The area is near the Pennsylvania and Ohio state line.
According to the coroner, along with a skull and other bones, investigators found a wallet. Investigators will use dental records to confirm whether the man's identity matches identification in the wallet.
Investigators are looking at the possibility that it's an Ohio man missing since 2011.
The coroner called in experts from the Mercyhurst University Forensic Anthropology team to assist investigators at the scene in removing the remains on Sunday. They are not expected to return to the scene today.
Trooper Mitchell Colouhoun with the Girard Crime Unit of the Pennsylvania State Police called it an "open investigation," but also said the work at the scene was complete. He said investigators are going "step by step," to determine the identity of the person as well as how he died.