Police don’t expect ID on Columbia skeleton for months

It will take until the end of the summer to determine the identity of the skeleton found in woods near Howard County General Hospital in Columbia earlier this month, Howard County police estimate.

A landscaper noticed a jacket in a wooded area near the 12200 block of Green Meadow Drive and found the remains on June 1.

“We won’t be able to confirm the [identification] of the skeletal remains until the scientific test results come back … it will be an estimated eight weeks until an ID can be confirmed,” Sherry Llewellyn, a Howard County police spokeswoman, said.

The case is not linked to any reported missing person in Howard County or surrounding areas, and there is no indication of foul play or criminal activity, police said.

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