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Official: Remains of a male found at Lake Loramie

Published: Thursday, November 19, 2015 @ 9:03 PM
Updated: Thursday, November 19, 2015 @ 9:03 PM

Charred remains found in a car at Lake Loramie State Park on Sunday are that of an adult male, Shelby County Coroner Dr. A. David McDonald said Thursday night.

“There is no evidence of any other injury on the body [beside burns] to suggest a homicide,” McDonald said.

“I can confirm it is an adult male,” he said, noting he is still waiting for results from toxicology and other tests.

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The autopsy has been performed by the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office, which has not listed a preliminary cause of death. Dental records are being analyzed at the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office, McDonald said.

The body was burned beyond recognition and the car the body was in, a Pontiac Grand Prix, also had been destroyed by fire when a park officer with the Department of Watercraft made the discovery during a routine patrol of the grounds, Eric Heis, Ohio Department of Natural Resources public information officer in Columbus, said Thursday night.

Heis said the officer found the sports car early Sunday morning, at the end of a gravel road off Schmitmeyer-Baker Road.

ODNR’s investigation is continuing, Heis said. One of the open questions is how long the car had been in the park and whether anyone was with the person in the car.

McDonald said an Ohio license tag was on the car and a check of the vehicle registration shows that the person to whom the car is registered is missing.

McDonald said it’s impossible at this point to say whether the person said to be missing is the person in the car.