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Decomposed body in Pa. woods ID'd as missing 19-year-old

| Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, 11:03 a.m.

CURWENSVILLE — Dental records have confirmed that remains found in a wooded area of west-central Pennsylvania are those of a 19-year-old reported missing last month.

Chase Anderson's loved ones gathered at Irvin Park in Curwensville to remember him Sunday night, even before the Clearfield County coroner on Thursday confirmed the identification.

The remains were found in Pike Township, about 100 miles northeast of Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

Dennis Dirkmaat, a forensic anthropologist from Mercyhurst University, has been is assisting the investigation. Dirkmaat often consults when human remains are badly decomposed or in a condition that would otherwise make them difficult to identify.

State police say they have people in custody in connection with the still-unidentified remains but have not announced charges or explained what they mean beyond that.

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