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Police: Bones more than 20 years old

Not likely those of Ray Gricar or Kathy Heckel

January 28, 2008
BELLEFONTE — State police are quite sure the human bones found last week at Bald Eagle State Park are not connected to any of the “missing persons” investigations that have occurred in this area in the last 20 years.

Preliminary investigations suggest the bones are at least 20 years old and perhaps older, Cpl. Joseph Leiper of the Rockview barracks, said this morning.

The age would likely rule out any connection to missing person cases like Centre County District Attorney Ray Gricar or Kathy Dolan Heckel, a Mill Hall woman who was last seen on July 14, 1991 as she was leaving Hammermill Paper Co.

Leiper also said there’s been some speculation that the bones might have been left behind when the old Schenck Cemetery was moved and the Foster Joseph Sayers Dam was built near Howard in the 1960s to create the recreational lake and flood control system.

“That’s also unlikely,” he said. “I would believe they were very thorough in transferring those remains, because of the controversy that occurred at the time,” he said.

“The anthropologist will be better able to tell us several months from now where they originated, but for now, we just don’t know ... We are very confident, however, that it’s not one of those missing people,” he said.

The bones were found Wednesday afternoon in the beach area by a passer-by who notified authorities, police said.

The area where the bones were found is under water most of the year, police said. The water levels are drawn down during winter as part of the Army Corps of Engineers flood control system.



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