BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — Jackson County Sheriff Tedd Frazier has announced that authorities have completed their search of the area where human remains were found on Saturday morning.
"The roads are now open," said Frazier Monday afternoon at 2:40 p.m. "We appreciate the patience and cooperation of the residents affected during the closure of C. H. & D and Erwin Roads this weekend."
Agencies searched a half mile area in Bloomfield Township from where an adult male called at 11:24 a.m. Sat., Jan. 11, stating that children discovered what they believed were human bones.
Investigators with the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, along with investigators of Gallia County Sheriff Matt Champlin's Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), as well as Jackson County Coroner Dr. Alice Frazier responded to the scene to conduct the almost three-day search.
"We appreciate the support of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Parks and Recreation Division for helping to secure the scene Saturday morning and to my deputies for their hard work and dedication," said Frazier. He went on to thank Jackson County Engineer Melissa Miller and her staff for their assistance in coordinating the road closure.
The remains have been sent to the Montgomery County Coroner's Office in Dayton for an autopsy. Following the autopsy, the remains and evidence from the scene will then go to the Ohio Bureau of Investigation (BCI) for DNA analysis to discover the identity, the testing of collection of additional evidence and a cause of death.
"I personally spoke to Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost over the weekend requesting his assistance in streamlining this case," said Frazier. "AG Yost said he will assist any way he can."
The investigation in this case remains ongoing. Anyone with information regarding this case are encouraged to contact the Jackson County Sheriff's Office at 740-286-6464.
"As I stated Saturday evening, no other information will be released on this case until the DNA collected matches an identity. We will not be speculating on any possible identities," Frazier ended.