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The Times
  • Police: Little Falls remains were in concealed crate

  • The human remains found behind a Little Falls home earlier this week were in a crate covered by debris, authorities said.

    An autopsy so far has been unable to determine how the unidentified person died, but police have not ruled out the possibility that further toxicology analysis and other techniques will ultimately answer that question, state police Troop D Capt. Mark Lincoln said Friday.

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  • he human remains found behind a Little Falls home earlier this week were in a crate covered by debris, authorities said.
    An autopsy so far has been unable to determine how the unidentified person died, but police have not ruled out the possibility that further toxicology analysis and other techniques will ultimately answer that question, state police Troop D Capt. Mark Lincoln said Friday.
    The seriously decomposed condition of the body found behind 59 Flint Ave. Wednesday afternoon is the main reason why the cause of death so far is “undetermined,” Lincoln said.
    In the meantime, state police and Little Falls police are treating the death as a homicide and continue to speculate that the remains are those of an elderly man who hasn’t been seen since between 2004 and 2006. The man was being cared for by other people in the area, police said.
    Once police obtain dental records early next week, Lincoln said investigators should be able to take their investigation to the next level.
    “We’re hoping to lock down the identity of the person that we think it is,” Lincoln said. “A death in this situation, we always start out treating it as a homicide and we don’t know enough yet to come off of that. But we have some involvement from somebody, with a body concealed in the backyard.”
    Herkimer County records show the current owner of the property is Tammy Lynn Sterling, who purchased the house in 2006 for $1.
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