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Human remains found in Kettering home: What we know today


Human remains were discovered inside a Kettering home last month and the coroner’s office is still trying to determine the identification of the individual.

Police believe someone was living in the house in the 3000 block of Prentice Drive when the skeletal human remains were discovered in late May, Kettering police Capt. Daniel Gangwer said. Here’s what we know today:

1. How were the remains found? Gangwer said a relative of one of the occupants could not get an answer at the door May 31, checked a window and saw the remains.

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2. Who was living at the house? 

A caller to 9-1-1 said her father, who had been extremely ill, was living at the house with a caregiver. The woman said her husband looked in the window and saw her father and the skeletal remains in the house. The woman said she lives in another city.

3. What did the coroner’s office find?

The coroner’s office removed the remains of a full adult male skeleton from the home that appeared to have been inside the residence for “years,” said Montgomery County Coroner Kent Harshbarger.

4. Is this a common occurrence?

The coroner’s office deals with around eight to 10 skeletal remains cases each year for the counties they perform autopsies, however a skeleton discovered inside a home is not a typical case for the office, Harshbarger said.

5. Is foul play suspected in this case?

Harshbarger said there did not appear to be any skeletal trauma to the remains and there were no indicators the death wasn’t natural, however deferred to Kettering police for further comment as the investigation is ongoing. There has been no official cause or manner of death determined in the case.

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