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Human remains identified in Kettering home: What we know today


The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office has identified human remains that had been inside an occupied Kettering house for years before being discovered earlier this year.

Here’s what we know today:

1. What did the coroner’s office determine?

Coroner Kent Harshbarger’s office told this news outlet Thursday that the remains were those of Nelson Holford, 66, who lived at the residence, and died of hypertensive arteriolar sclerosis, a disease associated with cardiovascular and diabetic issues. There was no evidence of foul play, according to the coroner’s office.

2. When did the man die?

A coroner’s office official added, “We have not completed the final death certificate yet, but we have an approximate estimate that he (Holford) died on October 1, 2007.”

3. 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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4. 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.

Records from the Montgomery County Auditor’s Office revealed that the property is owned by Denny P. Barry, who purchased it in 1994. Holford reportedly had stayed with Barry because he needed a place to live.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. Is foul play suspected in this case?

No. 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.

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