The remains were found in a footlocker located in a mobile home in North Canton following the death of woman
NORTH CANTON -- The Stark County Coroner's Office, the Center for Human Identification at the University of North Texas, and the North Canton Police Department have completed their investigation of the two fetal remains found Dec. 9.
The remains were found in a footlocker located in a mobile home in North Canton following the death of woman who was found over the Thanksgivng holiday.
Judith Shumar, 66, died of natural causes, according to the Stark County Coroner. Police said she had lived in the mobile home for five years.
Her son and cousin were removing personal items from the home when they opened the locked footlocker and found what looked like a small skull and femur wrapped in a disintegrated blanket and plastic bag.
Her son told police he believed he had helped her move the footlocker into the home five years ago. He said he had kept in touch with her by phone and was "shocked, alarmed and concerned" after finding the remains.
At the time, the Stark County coroner's office determined that the footlocker contained two sets of "infant-size" skeletal remains.
The two fetal skeletal remains were identified as related not only to each other but to Shumar's children.
Identification was made by DNA testing, and the remains were examined with no signs of foul play determined, by the Forensic Anthropology Department of the University of North Texas.
Dr. P. S. Murthy, the Stark County Coroner, has made a ruling of undetermined cause and manner of death. The remains are believed to have been in storage for nearly forty years.