Hunter finds human remains in Girard woods, thinks he knows who they belong to

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The remains haven't been identified yet but the person who found them said he recognized tattoos

GIRARD, Ohio (WKBN) – A hunter found something disturbing deep in the woods in Girard on opening day of deer season — human remains. The man even told dispatchers he thinks he knows who the remains belong to.

The hunter made the gruesome discovery near the train tracks behind the dump off of Bundy Lane. He called 911 just before 11 a.m.

911 call: “Believe it or not, I think I know who it is and it’s been decomposed for a while.”

Officers from Youngstown, Weathersfield and Girard all responded to the scene.

Girard police are handling the case. They can’t say for sure who the remains belong to but are investigating the possibility it could be 43-year-old Jason Frantz. Weathersfield police have been looking for Frantz since July.

911 call: “I actually grew up with the kid and you can still see some tattoos on his body, and I’m almost 98% sure it’s him.”

“It is a possibility,” said Girard Police Chief John Norman. “Right now, we have no identification on him. That’ll be up to the Trumbull County Coroner’s to make a positive identification.”

The Trumbull County Coroner’s Office says it’ll have to rely on DNA to confirm the man’s identity.

Investigators said they’re waiting on results of an autopsy to not only determine who the man is but how he died and how long he’d been in the woods.

“Nothing looked disturbed or looked like it was out of place,” Norman said. “No foul play was suspected at this time.”

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