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Federal database: Remains found in East Lyme belong to white man

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East Lyme — Information entered into a federal database Wednesday reveals new details about the remains that were discovered near where Sleepy Hollow Road turns into Van Winkle Way on Monday.

According to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, a product of the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs, the remains are those of a white man estimated to have been between the ages of 45 and 65.

His height is estimated to have been about 5 feet 10 inches.

According to information in the database — which a case manager with the state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner put into the system — at least one of the man's limbs was not recovered, although his head, torso and hands were.

The case manager estimated his death likely occurred within the past six months and listed the condition of the remains as being "not recognizable — near complete or complete skeleton."

Jeans, a dark gray winter jacket, a large blue Russell T-shirt, winter gloves and size 11 Avia sneakers accompanied the remains, according to the database.

State police on Friday morning said they're still working with the state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to determine information about the identity of the remains and aren't releasing any more information at this time.

Van Winkle Way begins at the entrance of Sleepy Hollow Hills, a private, 55+ adult living community located just beyond Stone Cliff Drive.

According to police, a passerby located a partial skull at 6:51 a.m. Monday. A deeper search into the woods revealed more skeletal remains, police said.

Officers and troopers from East Lyme and Troop E, as well as members of the Eastern District Major Crime Squad and the state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, responded to the scene.

At least one K-9 unit was put to use in the quiet, wooded neighborhood.

l.boyle@theday.com

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