COXSACKIE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – New York State Police say a human skull found in Coxsackie belongs to an adult male.
The remains were found approximately a half a mile from the end of the Four Mile Point Road between the shoreline and an old jeep trail in February.
Police say a recent examination of the skull confirmed it belonged to a human male between the ages of 20 and 50.
After the discovery, there was some speculation that the skull could belong to missing Washington County boy Jaliek Rainwalker. He disappeared in 2007.
Cambridge-Greenwich Police Chief George Bell is having a hard time after learning that a skull found in Coxsackie was not Jaliek.
In February, the DEC said an anthropologist told them the skull looked to have belonged to a young child between the ages of 10 to 13 and that it had been in the area for the last five to 10 years.
“Certainly I would have liked to have hoped it was Jaliek so that we could start the process of bringing closure to the family and maybe bring some Prosecution to the case,” Chief Bell said.
He was also disappointed about the way he learned the news.
“I learned of a piece of a skull found through the media back in February. I learned today through the media that it’s not Jaliek which upsets me a little bit. I certainly would have liked a courtesy call from somebody State Police or the medical examiner’s office.”
Further DNA testing is being conducted to identify the man.