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Murrysville remains ID'd as missing man, 74

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Saturday, July 24, 2010

The Westmoreland County Coroner's Office has positively identified the skeletal remains discovered July 12 in Murrysville as those of a 74-year-old man who disappeared in that area two years ago.

Latrobe dentist Scott Learn, a forensic odontologist, used dental records to positively identify the remains as those of Wilbert Darr, Chief Deputy Paul Cycak Jr. said.

Cycak said the cause and manner of Darr's death are under further examination and reconstruction by a team of forensic anthropologists from Mercyhurst College in Erie, who helped recover the remains in a wooded area off Hickory Hill Road.

Darr was reported missing after he left his home on nearby Glendale Lane for an evening walk May 27, 2008.

Darr, who was in fairly good health except for a heart ailment, did not carry a cell phone or credit cards, and he left home without identification or medication. His wife, Margaret, said that he enjoyed walking in the woods.

The remains were located about a mile from his residence. The privately owned land encompasses about 70 acres and includes three gas wells surrounded by brush, a neighbor said.

Darr's wife declined to comment Friday.

When he disappeared, firefighters, dogs, volunteers and police helicopters began an intense search to no avail. There was no sign of Darr until two men spraying weeds in a remote area of Murrysville discovered the remains nearly two weeks ago.

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