MORAINE — UPDATE @ 5 p.m.:
A 57-year-old Moraine man is now charged after human remains were discovered Thursday in a wooded area behind his Hemple Road home.
Gilbert T. Revere is charged with two counts of tampering with evidence and single counts of gross abuse of a corpse and failure to report a death, Moraine police Sgt. Jon Spencer said.
The charges were filed in Kettering Municipal Court, and are dated back to May 16, 2017, the day Michelle Burgan, 47, was reported missing in Middletown. Investigators have not said whether the remains are those of Burgan, however.
Revere is due in court Monday morning, online records show.
UPDATE @ 2:30 p.m.:
Human remains were recovered from a wooded area behind a house in Moraine in connection to a woman missing from Middletown since May 2017.
Investigators arrived at the Hemple Road property Thursday night after Moraine police received a call from Middletown detectives, said Jason Neubauer, deputy chief of the Moraine Police Department.
“We located human remains at the back of the property in the wood line area,” which he said was only 15 to 20 feet inside the wooded area behind a house.
There is no information whether the human remains are connected to the Chelsey Coe missing persons case investigation, or any other case, he said.
“We did an extensive search of the property and we have only located one site where we recovered human remains,” Neubauer said.
The identification of the remains won’t be determined until tests are conducted, he said.
The woman reported missing in May 2017 from Middletown is Michelle Burgan, 47. She was last known to be at the Hope House homeless shelter in Middletown, and may have been spotted in Dayton, police said.
Ronnie Fugate, of Moraine, was at an estate sale when hear heard something was going on, but supposed it was drug-related.
“It’s nothing new or it’s nothing out of the ordinary to hear about them finding somebody dead the way it is now with drugs,” said Fugate, however, he added, “I haven’t seen anything like this, or heard anything like this for quite a long time. Yeah, it’s unusual.”
Coroner’s investigators recovered a body and man is in custody while police continue searching a Hemple Road property.
Officers are in the 5500 block of Hemple and the investigation centers around a missing person case in Middletown, Moraine police said.
The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office removed the body of one victim, a spokesperson said.
The man in custody is being considered a possible suspect in the investigation.
More than a half dozen investigators from Moraine police, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Tactical Crime Suppression Unit are assisting in the investigation
Ohio BCI investigators were searching a wooded area near a detached garage at the house.
A Miamisburg police supervisor also is at the property.
Around 10 a.m. a caravan of vehicles with additional officers arrived.
BCI spokeswoman Jill Del Greco said four crime scene agents were sent to the address to assist Moraine police.
Moraine police said their officers first responded to the property Thursday afternoon and have been at the property since.