The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner is now weighing in on the identification process of a male body located at Pymatuning State Park.
According to Ashtabula County Coroner Investigator Jim Baehr, the body was located by a boy in the woods of Pymatuning State Park on Wednesday, Aug. 22.
The body was badly decomposed and may have been in the woods for approximately one month.
Baehr says Pennsylvania State Police reported a man missing on July 18, and they are trying to connect the dots. Investigators have been unable to locate dental records for the missing the male, so they are now trying to identify the body through a steel rod inserted into the male's body during a skiing accident. According to Baehr, there is a serial number on the steel rod and they are working to match the numbers. If that fails, they'll try DNA testing with the missing man's biological parents, which could take weeks to get results back.
The body is now in the custody of the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office for assistance in the identification process.
The Pennsylvania State Police are working with Ohio authorities during their investigation.
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