According to Jackson County Sheriff Tedd Frazier, the human remains which were discovered Sunday, May 6, in a wooded area in Jackson Township have been identified.
Sheriff Frazier announced Wednesday, June 13 that a collaborative effort between the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, the office of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification (BCI&I) has confirmed the remains are those of Roger M. Marks, Jr., a Jackson area man who has been missing since April 2009.
Two mushroom hunters made the grisly discovery that Sunday afternoon in May off Raysville Road between Wildcat Hollow Road and Sour Run Road in Jackson Township. Jackson County Coroner Dr. Alice Frazier was called to the scene to examine the remains and she stated at that time that all that remained of the body were bones.
Representatives of BCI&I and members of the regional Special Tactics and Response (STAR) team, based at Southern Ohio Correctional Facility at Lucasville, were also called to help search and process the scene, as well as the nearby area, for possible evidence. As many as 30 persons took part in that effort.
The remains were sent to the Montgomery County Coroner's Office for further examination and analysis. Following over a month of analysis, Sheriff Frazier was contacted by BCI&I officials who were able to confirm Marks' identity by use of DNA.
Marks was first reported missing to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office on April 30, 2009, at which point he was 32 years of age. Though a cause of death has not yet been released, Sheriff Frazier did tell The Telegram that a criminal investigation is now underway in connection with this matter.