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North Canton expects report in 30 days on remains found in footlocker

Beacon Journal staff report

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North Canton police announced Monday that the investigation into the skeletal remains of two infants found in a footlocker in December is winding down.

Police Chief Stephan B. Wilder said he is hoping to have a report within 30 days from the University of North Texas where the remains were taken for analysis.

The remains were found Dec. 9 in a mobile home where Judith A. Shurmar, 66, lived in the Royal Mobile Home Park on Main Street.

The skeletons, which authorities believe were probably twins, were found by Shurmar’s son and his cousin while they removed his mother’s belongings from a trailer she rented before her death Nov. 28.

The son made the discovery when he opened a locked blue footlocker.

Stark County Coroner P.S. Murthy said the remains were sent to the Texas university because it has both an anthropology department and a mitochondrial DNA lab to test the bones.

A coroner’s office investigator determined in December that the small bones and partial skull were human. They were so tiny they could fit in a hand, authorities say.

Investigators say a subsequent search of the trailer and interviews with Shurmar’s family, friends and acquaintances offered no leads.

The son told investigators that he remembered moving the trunk from Louisville five years ago when his mother moved to North Canton.


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