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01. THE DISCOVERY
The Sheriff's Office soon realized they had little to go on for determining the deceased man's identity and deputies began to scan recent missing person reports for an adult male who would fit the parameters of their case. A few names came up with regularity--James Schroeder, a Wisconsin resident who had gone missing two years earlier on a hunting expedition in the area, Steven Pearsall, a local man who had gone missing with two other recently discovered homicide victims, and Paul Fugate, a nature enthusiast missing from Oregon.
In order to determine with certainty whether the remains could belong to one of the missing men, the Sherriff’s Office decided to seek an expert analysis from Forensic Anthropologist Rodger Hagler from San Francisco University. Additionally, they were able to procure a local Grangeville.
Basic demographic information began to unfold as the forensic authority revealed his assessment. This was a white male, roughly 40-45 years old, standing approximately 5'6" or 5'7" tall. The man had clearly been deceased for two years prior to his remains being discovered in the woods.
In an unusual turn of events, Dr. Hagler did not agree that this man had died of natural causes; rather, he surmised a wound had been caused by an object with a sharp edge, such as a knife, which had pierced between two of the left ribs. He could not deny that this wound may have played a significant role in this man’s death.
The results were surprising, as the cause of death was now uncertain once again. The biometric data and case information were entered into NAMUS and there was now significant potential for a potential identification. “Mr. Bones” had officially taken on a new name—he would now be known officially as UP7538.
02. THE INVESTIGATION
03. THE RESULTS
In 1984, Deputy Kevin Reynolds was one of the first case investigators called to the scene. "We found the skeletal remains of a human, partially dismembered and partially dressed," he wrote in a ISCO record just six days after the discovery. The report went on to reveal that the remains were found in both supine and prone positions and had been scattered across a wide area, more than half the length of a football field. A brown imitation leather jacket was found propped against a tree, roughly 20 feet away from the head of the remains.