Investigators find additional remains near Van Bibber Lake

Sunday, April 29, 2018

On Sunday, Indiana State Police detectives and crime scene investigators, along with Putnam County Coroner Dave Brown, returned to the scene near Van Bibber Lake where skeletal human remains were found on Thursday.

Accompanying ISP and the coronerís office were Dr. Krista Latham, University of Indianapolis Biology and Anthropology Department, and four of her biology students. The purpose was to examine the site and potentially locate any additional skeletal remains. Dr. Latham and her students did locate, map and recover additional remains.

Over the next few weeks, all of the skeletal remains collected will be examined by Dr. Latham and pathologist Dr. Roland Kohr. During this process, they will attempt to identity the victim and glean additional investigative information.

Any new information will then be provided to ISP investigators and the Putnam County Coronerís Office.

At this time, detectives will not speculate on the age, sex, or otherwise. However, ISP detectives are investigating the possibility the discovery may be related to a person from the area reported missing to the ISP Putnamville Post on Nov. 15, 2016. Investigators also believe there is no danger to the public.

The investigation is ongoing and no other information will be released. Law enforcement and coroner personnel continue to request patience as this investigation progresses. When additional details develop, they will be released.

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  • Looking at the Indiana Missing persons government site... there isnít a reported missing person on the date mentioned above.

    -- Posted by kbmom on Mon, Apr 30, 2018, at 11:43 AM
  • @kbmom -- Most publicly published databases will contain information related to missing person reports of persons who are:

    1.)Disabled

    2.)Endangered

    3.)Missing after a Catastrophe

    4.)Evidence of Involuntary Disappearance

    5.)Juvenile - Under 21 (not meeting any of the above) or,

    6.)21+ with some reasonable suspicion of concern for safety.

    An informational report was likely taken on the suspected person discovered. The information was probably nonspecific to any articulable fact that the person was in danger except that they hadn't been heard from. Able-bodied adults often "disappear" for work, travel, or other reasons that may cause someone to become concerned; while no reason for concern actually exists. This type of report wouldn't be included in most publicly assessable databases for missing persons.

    -- Posted by jorge on Mon, Apr 30, 2018, at 12:31 PM
  • You really should note that the pictures being shown are of Glenn Flint Lake! Not Vanbibber Lake!!!

    -- Posted by Ptrak99 on Mon, Apr 30, 2018, at 12:54 PM
  • Correct but when they say Van Bibber Lake they are talking about the place (community) itself.

    -- Posted by vblfd912 on Mon, Apr 30, 2018, at 5:53 PM
  • @jorge...thank you. Makes sense.

    -- Posted by kbmom on Mon, Apr 30, 2018, at 8:46 PM
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