Sheriff: Bones found now a homicide case

Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey speaks with reporters during a press conference about an investigation into bones found at Grand Lake St. Mary's. Grey said Friday this is now a homicide investigation. (WDTN Photo/Justin Kraus)
Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey speaks with reporters during a press conference about an investigation into bones found at Grand Lake St. Mary's. Grey said Friday this is now a homicide investigation. (WDTN Photo/Justin Kraus)

CELINA, Ohio (WDTN) – The Mercer County Sheriff said Friday that the remains found at Grand Lake St. Mary’s belong to a young man and the case is now being considered a homicide.

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The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office believes the victim was 20 to 35-years-old and between 5’7″ and 6’1″ tall. Officials say they have not recovered a full skeleton, but believe the bones have been there for at least six months. The cause and manner of death have not yet been determined.

Sheriff Jeff Grey says he’s taking this case very seriously and wants justice for the victim.

“We have found someone’s family member. I have kids this age. This is terrible. I can’t imagine losing one of my kids like this,” he said.

The victim’s remains have been taken to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation Lab where investigators will work to extract DNA.

Experts from the University of North Texas will also examine the remains. Grey says the institution is well known for its expertise on cases like this. Officials say the information gathered by the university will be entered into the National Missing and Unidentified People database.

“This is too serious. We are not going to act like we know everything.”

The Sheriff later added, “The upside to being a small county is we have the time and energy to chase this case down.”

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