February 11, 2016

Human remains discovered in woods in Standish

Tim Barnum
Police from multiple agencies conducted a search in the woods behind Family Fare in Standish Sept. 9 that resulted in the discovery of a human skeleton.

STANDISH — A search conducted by several different police agencies Sept. 9 uncovered a human skeleton in the woods behind the Family Fare grocery store in Standish.

Arenac County Sheriff James Mosciski said the sheriff’s department was informed Sunday, Sept. 8, that what was believed to be a human skull was found in the woods.

“Some kids stumbled across the skull, and upon further investigation, we found the rest of the remains,” he said.

Mosciski said investigators believe the remains were in the woods for at least two years. He said the area where the skeleton was found is being treated as a crime scene, and items found near the scene will be investigated further.

“We have to collect some items and take them down to the forensic pathologist to see what we’ve got,” he said.

“We’re trying to see what we can do as far as dental records,” Mosciski added.

Mosciski said the remains will be transported to Saginaw, where the pathologist will attempt to identify them.

The sheriff’s department was assisted in the search for the remains by the Au Gres City Police, the Standish City Police, the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Police, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Michigan State Police.

A MSP crime lab out of Bridgeport was also on-scene during the search and retrieval process.

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