Police identify human remains found in wooded area in Delmar

Photo Credit: Lauren Linder, NEWS10 ABC

DELMAR, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Police are continuing its investigation into human remains found in a wooded area in Delmar over the weekend.

Around 4:30 p.m. Saturday, the Bethlehem Police Department received a report that human remains were found in a wooded area in Delmar. Police said the remains were found by a hunter, but the body was in a condition too difficult to identify.

The remains were found on a hillside behind the Hoffman’s Car Wash location in Delmar in a wooded area leading towards the Normanskill Creek. Police tape surrounded the area where the remains were discovered.

“Anytime we find a body in a wooded area it’s not only unusual, but concerning,” Bethlehem Police Commander Adam Hornick said.

Police made a positive identification of the remains on Monday. They said the remains belong to 70-year-old Ruth Talmon, of Schenectady County, based on dental records. Police say foul play has been ruled out as a cause of death.

Police believe Talmn died in September.

Police say she wasn’t reported missing and often traveled around the Capital Region and country and often had no contact with family and friends for extended periods of time.

Hornick said the last time human remains were found in the town was July 2012.

The incident is under investigation by members of the Bethlehem Police Department, New York State Police, Albany County District Attorney’s Office and New York State Forest Rangers.


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