“I cannot release the person’s name until I get a positive ID from the medical examiner,” Monongalia County Sheriff Perry Palmer told The Dominion Post on Wednesday, holding to previous statements that the department is not able to release information on the identity of human remains found at Coopers Rock State Forest over Labor Day Weekend. The remains were spotted by a hiker and authorities were notified.
The remains were sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for identification, but little other information has been revealed. The Medical Examiner’s Office said it is unable to release information on death records as they are considered restricted medical records.
The sheriff’s department said there is no clear timeline at this point on when an official identification might be made.