2nd half of human jaw found

YOUNGSTOWN – Police think they have the other half of a man’s jaw from a skeleton that was found last month in a heavily wooded area of the East Side.

Police Chief Rod Foley said Wednesday a dog that had been finding human bones on Vaughn Street found the lower part of the jaw about 7 p.m. Tuesday and investigators believe it is from the same skeleton.

Police believe the skeleton may belong to a man who went missing from the East Side sometime in late 2012.

A dog found a skull missing the lower jaw and other bones Feb. 16.

Coroner’s investigators believe the skeleton belongs to a male of mixed ancestry between the ages of 25 and 50 and are from the same skeleton.

Forensic Pathologist Dr. Joseph Ohr of the coroner’s office was out of town on training Wednesday and could not be reached for comment.

Last week, Ohr said investigators did preliminary testing, which allowed them to determine the skeleton belongs to a man.

He said they combed missing persons reports from Ohio and Pennsylvania, which allowed them to whittle down the possible identity to two or three people.

Cadaver dogs from the Geauga County Sheriff’s Office searched the area and did not come up with anything, but Ohr said the dogs that belong to a man who lives there have been bringing back bones regularly.