Human remains found in Delmar

December 04, 2017 12:48 AM

DELMAR - A normally peaceful area in Delmar is now the center of a gruesome investigation. 

"A hunter traversing an area in the rear of Hoffman's car wash at 55 Delaware Avenue located what they believed to be skeletal remains," said Bethlehem Police Commander Adam Hornick.

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The human skeleton was found in a wooded area near the Normanskill Creek behind Hoffman Car Wash on Delaware Avenue. 

There are some walking trails and nature conservancy trails on both sides of the car wash.  Other than that, police said the area does not get much foot traffic. 

The remains are so decomposed that police have not been able to determine the age or gender of the person. 

"It is too premature in the investigation to determine the race, age or gender of the decedent," Hornick said. 

Bethlehem Police got the call about the remains at around 4:20 p.m. Saturday. Since then, Bethlehem and New York State Police have been trying to figure out how they got there.

"So at this time we are reviewing all open missing persons investigations and reaching out for other investigatory efforts to try to identify first of all who the individual is and then secondary the cause and manner of death," Hornick said. 

"As with any investigation you contact the neighbors and you contact anyone who might have been in the area and obviously talk to them," said Lt. Robert Appleton of the New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

The human remains are a shocking discovery for a normally quiet town. 

"Anytime there's as the commander just mentioned that a body is found in an area that's not normally traversed by human beings on a day to day basis, it's concerning," Appleton said. "And that's why we conduct the investigation." 

However, this would not be a first for the town.

"The last deceased individual located in a wooded area in our town was July of 2012, so it's not something that doesn't happen in our town or the Capital District," Hornick said. 

The remains have been taken to Albany Medical Center. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday. Police also plan to continue searching the area on Monday. 

The Albany County District Attorney's Office and the New York State Forest Rangers are also involved in the investigation.


WNYT Staff

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