(WOIO) - A pair of infant remains found more than a month ago in North Canton were shipped Tuesday to the University of North Texas for examination.
The Stark County Coroner's Office chose to send the remains to Texas rather than Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pa., because the University of North Texas has both an anthropology department and mitochondrial DNA lab used to test bones.
On December 9, officers were called about to a mobile home at 1161 N. Main St. after the woman's son found a trunk with skeletal remains. The man and his cousin were cleaning the mobile home of 66-year-old Judith A. Shumar, who died about two weeks before. The blue trunk - about 38 inches long, 17 inches tall and 15 inches wide - was locked when the woman's family found it. They didn't want to throw it away without checking the contents, Wilder said.
Investigators with Stark County Coroner's office determined the small bones and a partial skull that could fit in the palm of a hand were human. Wilder said a search of Shumar's house revealed nothing to explain the skeletal remains.
This is an ongoing investigation and police and investigators hope anthropologists and specialized DNA testing will answer questions surrounding the bones. It may take several months to get results.
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