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6/30/2014 3:55:00 PM
UPDATE: Human remains found near Lake Julia identified
River News Staff

Updated: 7/2/2014, 12:35 PM

The human remains found Monday morning in a wooded area near Lake Julia in the town of Pelican have been identified.

The remains have been identified as that of Steven J. Boron, 54, of Oneida County, the Oneida County Sheriff's Office announced Wednesday.

Boron had been reported as an absconder from probation/parole in May 2013, the sheriff's office said. According to online court records, Boron was convicted of arson in January 2011. He was sentenced to 30 months in prison and 42 months extended supervision.

The initial investigation indicates no signs of foul play. The identification was made through dental records.

A citizen found the remains at approximately 11:42 a.m. Monday while taking a walk.

The sheriff's office responded to the scene and took custody of the remains, chief deputy Dan Hess said in a press release.

Hess said investigators believe the remains had been in the woods for "at least a year." Clothing items were found near the remains, he noted.

The sheriff's office and the Oneida County Medical Examiner are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding this death.

Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Article comment by: Dan Butkus

Jennifer- I don't it suppose it entered your mind that it is possible that wild animals tore apart the remains scattering them and the clothing. Also, clothing items could refer to a wallet, belt, or shoes, which may persist longer than a shirt or pants after such a time outdoors. After over a year in the woods, it is unlikely any remains would be intact and fully dressed. I think you read too much into an innocuous, and purposely vague statement by authorities meant keep details of an ongoing investigation confidential.

Posted: Thursday, July 3, 2014
Article comment by: Jennifer Manning

okay I am just curious, so according to the article in your paper the man took his clothes off laid them down in the woods then he just laid down next to his clothes and died. Doesn't that sound strange?

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