MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - UPDATE: November 29, 2011 The Alabama Department of Forensic Science has identified the remains found October 24 on Myland Avenue as the body of Joshua Duncan. No other information has been given at this time.
October 24, 2011: The Mobile Police Department is investigating possible human remains found in a wooded area on Myland Avenue.
Corporal Chris Levy with Mobile Police Department said police received a call Monday, October 24, that bones had been found in a wooded area at the dead end of Myland Avenue. The Public Works Department was clearing the area. When officers arrived, they found bones that they believed to be human.
"It's a pile of debris where they noticed the bones. It's going to be a while, and they are going to gather as much as they can, but we're definitely not looking at an entire skeleton. It's definitely, at this point, some miscellaneous bones," said Levy.
Right now, police can only speculate that they are looking at human remains. The final determination will come from forensic testing, which could take months.
Rod Kennette with the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences talked to FOX10 in June and said the state labs faced a 10 percent budget reduction.
"We're backlogged pretty good in DNA and all our other disciplines, but we're doing the best we can," said Kennette.
In July, three of the ten labs in Alabama were shut down. That means delayed results.
Roy and Sherley Ezell were brutally beaten inside their home in January. Police spent four months waiting for evidence testing to come back.
"The quicker we get it back, it helps toward making an arrest," said Levy at the time of the crime.
According to the crime lab, that was fairly quick. In the meantime, families often have to delay putting loved ones to rest, like in the case of Tracy Dearmon who was found off of Shillinger road. Her brother Micheal Herring recalled waiting on the results.
"It's something you think about when you wake up in the morning, and the last thing you think about when you go to bed at night. She's our baby sister," said Herring.
That confirmation came more than four months later. That means police had to wait for four months before they could make an arrest.
The identity of the bones found Monday on Myland Ave. will remain a mystery until the results come back.
In the meantime, if you have any information, call the Mobile Police Department at 251-208-7211, Crime Stoppers at 251-208-7000 or text information to 274637 and include the keyword CRIME 411.
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