It could take weeks before a positive identification can be made on the skeletal remains found off West Street on March 13, a police spokesman said on Tuesday.
Vernon police spokesman Lt. William Meier said that Vernon detectives are continuing to work with the state police, the state medical examiner and the State Forensic Lab to identify the skeletal remains recovered from the property - 126 and 130 West St.
A former town dump is nearby. A skull was found by a 23-year-old resident looking for scrap metal to finish a college sculpture project. Investigators worked for several days at the site to retrieve as much as possible.
The remains have been brought to the State Forensic Lab for identification and the Forensic Lab is estimating it "will likely take several weeks to make an identification," Meier said.
While awaiting a positive identification of the remains, Vernon detectives are "actively working with other local, state and federal law enforcement agencies on the investigation," Meier said.