Officials say the skeletal remains found earlier this week in Casco were located in an outhouse by a family cleaning up their late father’s property.
The mystery surrounding a set of human remains on the Polish spring road to Casco has deepened, now that police have revealed how they were found. WGME-TV reports that the man who lived at the address – Douglas Scott, 82 – died earlier this year. This left it to his family to clean his house and all the outbuildings on the property.
It’s a daunting task for any grieving family, browsing a lifetime of memories and odds and ends, as they prepare the property for sale. But, for Scott’s family, the task took a potentially dark turn with the discovery of skeletal remains, located in an outhouse on the property. How did they get there? And who do they belong to?
The task of answering these questions has been given to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Maine. While police say they consider the death suspicious, it can take several weeks to determine how the person actually died or, even, who they were. The investigation is ongoing.
The case brings to mind another family who had a horrific surprise cleaning up their late father’s storage space. It was in 2011, when Frank Julian’s family found human remains in a freezer. They were later identified as Julian’s girlfriend, Kitty Wardwell. She was reported missing in 1983. Julian had been questioned about her disappearance, but nothing ever came of it.
In this case, it is not yet clear whether Mr. Scott was aware of the skeletal remains found earlier this week on his property.
We’ll update this story as more details become available.