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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -
Those seeking answers in the missing Elaina case will have to wait longer. Following an autopsy Friday morning on human remains found a day earlier, the coroner's office says more steps are needed in the investigation.
Dr. Diane Scala-Barnett and Dr. Julie Saul, from the Lucas County Coroner's Office, released the following statement Friday afternoon:
"The box, recovered from the upper level of the garage located at 704 Federal, contains immature human skeletal remains. Because the skeletal remains are so immature, it is not possible to determine the sex of the deceased therefore DNA is necessary.
"DNA samples have already been submitted to BCI for analysis. DNA is the most accurate and scientific procedure to confirm identity and sex in this case.
"Anthropologic examination is still ongoing.
"Toxicology is pending.
"Cause and manner of death will be assigned when all parts of the autopsy have been completed."
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