WENY News - Human remains found in February tied to 2013 missing persons cas

Human remains found in February tied to 2013 missing persons case

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BATH, N.Y. (WENY) - New York State Troopers have identified the human remains found in the Town of Bath in February.

The remains have been identified as Orrin Mastin of Bath. Mastin was last seen on January 18th, 2013. He was reported missing to the Bath Village Police Department shortly after. At the time of his disappearance, Mastin was 53 years old.

A hiker stumbled upon the remains near Wood Street and Muck Circle on February 19th. The investigation found the remains were an almost complete human skeleton that appeared to have been exposed to the elements for a prolonged period of time. A neighborhood canvass by NYSP troopers and Bath Police officers redirected attention to the missing person report for Mastin. 

Police say the remnants of clothing on the remains closely resembled the last reported clothing description for Mastin. The location of the remains was also consistent with where Mastin was last known to be headed.

The New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Uniform Troopers from the SP Bath barracks, the Forensic Identification Unit based at Troop “E” Headquarters in Canandaigua, and an NYSP K-9 Unit contingent all search the scene and surrounding area but did not find any additional human remains or evidence to suggest foul play.

The remains were sent to the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification for analysis. The remains were reassembled and examined at their Anthropology Center where DNA was extracted from the skeleton and compared to DNA samples that were voluntarily provided by a known family member.

The investigation into the cause of Mastin's death is continuing. Police say foul play is not suspected.

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