More Details Released in Barron County Unidentified Bones Investigation

Thursday, March 22, 2018 | DrydenWire |


BARRON COUNTY -- Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald issued the following media release today, Thursday, March 22, 2018, regarding the investigation into the discovery of unidentified bones.  

Unidentified Bones Update:

An initial report has been given to the Sheriff's Department from the University of North Texas Center for Human identification Forensic Anthropology Unit in reference to the bones recovered on December 3, 2017, south of Barron.

A profile has been built and the bones are likely from a White or possibly Asian male between the ages of 33-55, and about 5'8” +/- 4 inches. The subject also has a gunshot wound to the head area.

The next steps, over the next couple of months, will be to find and remove DNA and upload that information to the Unidentified Human Remains Index and the CODIS Missing Person Data Base. This will be completed by the same unit in Texas.

At this time we have no missing person cases in the county and will wait for results to come back from the DNA analysis.

Per Chris Fitzgerald, Barron County Sheriff

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UPDATE: Sheriff Fitzgerald Posts Update in Discovery of Skeletal Remains Investigation

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 | DrydenWire

BARRON COUNTY -- Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald has posted an update on the skeletal remains investigation.

Unidentified Bones Update

Many of you are following this story and here is the information as of today, nothing new just giving you an update. We are waiting for the results just like you.

The bone are at the University of Texas where there is a team of forensic anthropologists that will do a full survey of the remains, extract appropriate tissue for DNA if needed, and will enter the information. They are a free service through the Department of Justice and will give us a full report, (with the second review by an additional anthropologist). They are the best in the country according to the Midwest Medical Examiners Office.

I don't know the turn around time but they have had the bones about 1 month.

Per Chris Fitzgerald, Barron County Sheriff

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Skeletal Remains of Human Body Discovered in Barron County

Monday, December 4, 2017 | BCSD l Press Release

On December 3, 2017, a subject called the sheriff’s department stating his dog had brought home what looked like the partial remains of a human skull.

Deputies from the Barron County Sheriff’s Department responded to the area south of Barron on 10th Ave and identified the skull as what was believed to be a human skull.

A search of a wooded area near the house was conducted and the skeletal remains of a body were discovered.

The Wisconsin State Patrol, the Barron County Medical Examiner, the Wisconsin State Crime Lab and the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office in MN are all assisting with the case to determine more information on if it is a male or female, how long it have been there and any other way to determine the identification of the remains.

At this time, Barron County has no missing person cases and we are contacting surrounding counties as to other missing person cases.

Per Chris Fitzgerald, Barron County Sheriff



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