TROY TOWNSHIP — Human remains found in late September near Townville have been identified as that of a Venango County man and foul play is not suspected, according to Crawford County Coroner Scott Schell.
A DNA analysis of the remains found they are those of William John Ward, 36, of Seneca, according to both Pennsylvania State Police and Schell.
The remains were found Sept. 29 in a wooded area off Steadman Road in Troy Township by a hunter. Ward was reported missing in June 2017 and was last seen in the area of Steadman Road, according to state police at Corry.
The remains recovered were analyzed by NMS Labs using a DNA sample from one of Ward’s parents, Schell said.
DNA from the remains and one of the parents were found to be a 99.99993 percent match, Schell told the Tribune this afternoon.
Foul play is not suspected as there were no signs of trauma or injury to the remains that were found, Schell said.
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