DELMAR – Human remains were found in a wooded area in Delmar over the weekend. On Monday, police conducted a woodland search of the area for evidence and an autopsy was conducted.
Police were able to positively identify the body Monday, but at press time they were not releasing a name. However, according to a statement from the Bethlehem Police Department, the remains are that of an adult woman.
Foul play is not suspected in the death, police determined following an autopsy at Albany Medical Center Hospital.
The woman’s name has not been released pending notification of her family, but she is from the Capital District, according to a statement from Bethlehem Police.
On Saturday, Dec. 2, at roughly 4:20 p.m., a call came in to the Bethlehem Police Department about human remains found in a wooded area behind 55 Delaware Ave. in Delmar.
The body was in an advanced stage of decomposition, according to the Bethlehem Police Department. It was described as “skeletal.”
The area where the body was found is located behind Hoffman’s Car Wash, in a little-used ravine. A hunter found the remains, according to police.
Bethlehem Police Commander Adam Hornick held a press conference this weekend and described where the body was found.
“It is not a populated area – it is on a hillside that leads to the Normanskill Creek,” Hornick said.
On Monday, Bethlehem and state police, along with state forest rangers, conducted a detailed search of the 6.5 acres of land where the body was found, combing for evidence as to what happened and how the body came to be located there.
Since the body’s discovery, police have been going through open missing person’s reports in an attempt to identify the remains. They also followed up on over 75 leads in the case.
The investigation is being handled by members of the Bethlehem Police Department, New York State Police, the Albany County District Attorney’s Office, New York State Forest Rangers and the Albany County Coroner’s Office.