Cumberland Times-News

November 12, 2012

Human remains found in Meyersdale area; unknown if discovery linked to missing woman


Cumberland Times-News

— MEYERSDALE, Pa. — Human remains were found by a person walking in a wooded area in Larimer Township early Sunday afternoon but the gender and identity has not yet been determined, according to Pennsylvania State Police at Somerset.

The discovery was reportedly made at about 12:30 p.m., and the Times-News was made aware of it Monday morning.

The Meyersdale area was the same location where missing 19-year-old Justine Marie Jackson was last seen on foot on Sept. 14, 2012. Rumors have been on-going in the community in recent days about the case. State police at Somerset said Friday the rumors originated from filings on Facebook but there were no developments in the case at that time.

No mention of any kind was made about the missing woman when state police announced that human remains were found Sunday in Meyersdale area.

“Due to the sensitivity and nature of this type of evidence collection no more information is anticipated to be released today,” said a police spokesman.

A news conference has been scheduled for 1 p.m., today at the Somerset barrack “to discuss progress in the case.”

Following the discovery of the remains that were determined to be apparently of human origin, the scene was secured to await forensic anthropologists to gather evidence.