St. Lawrence County coroner: Skeletal remains of man found behind BOCES building in Ogdensburg
Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 9:10 am


OGDENSBURG — State police and Ogdensburg police are investigating the discovery of skeletal human remains found at Northwest Technical Center, 1000 Park St. on Monday afternoon.

Once the unidentified human remains were conrfirmed by police, the area was cordoned off and the forensic investigation unit from state police were requested to the scene, according to Ogdensburg police.

St. Lawrence County Coroner Kevin Crosby said the remains have been there a “considerable amount of time.”

Officials have not yet been able to identify the remains of the person found in a wooded area near BOCES, but an autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday at noon in Albany.

"Yesterday afternoon, while the Natural Resource Management class was cutting trees in the woods behind the Northwest Tech building, they discovered what appeared to be human remains," a St. Lawrence-Lewis County BOCES representative says. "The Ogdensburg City Police were called immediately, and are currently on the scene investigating. Our counselors are available to speak with students as needed in the coming days."

"At this time we have no details regarding the investigation and we defer to the Ogdensburg City Police, who are leading the investigation with the assistance of the New York State Police Forensic Unit."

"We commend our staff and building principal for their swift action, and ensuring the safety and well-being of our students."

Crosby said if dental records are an option to identify the deceased male, that would speed up the process, but that DNA tests would take some time.

He did not have a list of missing people that it could possibly be.

The remains were taken to Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center, Crosby said.

Ogdensburg police had received a phone call from an employee at BOCES who stated that one of his workers had located human remains in a wooded area behind a building there.

The call came in at 1:36 p.m. and Crosby was on scene about 20 minutes later.

More information will be released as it becomes available.

Ogdensburg police were assisted by state police, St. Lawrence County sheriff's deputies and DA-Elect Gary Pasqua.