Investigators work to identify human remains found in Vernon - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Investigators work to identify human remains found in Vernon


The wooded area were human skeletal remains were found in Vernon remained "a very active crime scene" Friday.

An art student from Manchester Community College found a human skull at the old Rockville Landfill near a brook Wednesday afternoon.

He picked it up, brought it to his house and then contacted the authorities.

Now, a criminal investigation is being led by the Vernon Police Department with the assistance from state police as to how the skull got there.

The Tolland State's Attorney's Office and the officer of the chief medical examiner are also assisting in the investigation.

Five or six state police K9 units searched the crime scene Friday and there was double the police presence from Thursday.

"I heard they had to cut the trees down to get more equipment in," said Mel Jones, who lives near the crime scene.

According to the medical examiner, they later uncovered a hip and femur bone. Evidence was bagged up and reviewed inside this tent.

On Friday, the medical examiner told Eyewitness News he examined that skull and preliminarily believes it belongs to a white female in her 30s.

"It's a very active crime scene, a lot of personnel here," said Police Lt. William Meier. "K9 here assisting us and we plan to be here for the next several days."

For days though, there's been a lot of talk around town. Residents told Eyewitness News that they are hoping the remains could be one of two 13-year-olds, either Deborah Spickler or Lisa White, last seen decades earlier in locations not too far away.

However, some believe it could be the remains of 7-year-old Janice Pockett, who disappeared riding her bike in neighboring Tolland.

However, the medical examiner told Eyewitness News that he is not confident it's either of those three missing girls, but he still has to look at the records to be sure.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Vernon detectives at 860-872-9126. Callers may remain anonymous.

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