Jerry Gretzinger & WNYT Staff
Updated: November 17, 2020 01:44 PM
Created: November 06, 2020 06:51 PM
Investigators thought for years a broken hyoid bone, as it was described in the autopsy report, might have suggested foul play in the 40-year-old cold case of a man only known as Mr. X.
That bone is part of the neck structure and is typically broken during strangulation or other forms of asphyxiation.
Forensic Anthropologist Dr. Mercedes Fabian from UAlbany has reviewed that autopsy report and discovered the hyoid appears to have not simply been broken, but was completely missing - likely attributable to animal activity.
However, the autopsy also includes other information she says keeps the possibility of foul play in play.
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