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Human remains found in February identified as those of missing person

BATH, N.Y. (18 NEWS) - Human remains found by a hiker back in February have been identified as those of a missing person.

State Police say that the remains, discovered on February 19 in an undeveloped area north of Wood Street and Muck Circle in the Town of Bath, are those of Orrin Mastin, of Bath.

Mastin was last seen on January 18, 2013. He was 53-years-old at the time of his disappearance. 

The remains were collected in conjunction with the Steuben County Coroner’s Office, and forwarded to the Monroe County Medical Examiner for further action. Due to the lack of available detail, the remains were then sent to the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification (UNTCHI) for analysis.

The remains were reassembled and examined at their Anthropology Center, where DNA was extracted from the skeleton and compared to DNA samples that were voluntarily provided by a known family member.

After reviewing the 2013 report to the Bath Village Police Department; the evidence collected and observed at the scene; the results of the DNA comparison; and the conclusions compiled by the UNTCHI; Troopers were able to establish the identity of the skeletal human remains as belonging to Orrin Mastin.

The investigation into the cause of Mastin’s death is continuing, and foul play is not suspected.


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