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Remains found belong to missing Milltown man


June 10, 2009
The Indiana State Police Laboratory has released results of DNA testing on human remains found in April 2008 by the Crawford County Sheriff's Department and Indiana State Police near Milltown.

A team of forensic anthropologists from Indianapolis came to Crawford County to assist investigators with the discovery when the remains were found.

Last week, according to a press release by the Indiana State Police, investigators received DNA test results and, with a reasonable degree of scientific accuracy, determined that the remains were those of Russell Lee Darling of Milltown.

Darling was reported missing in October 2002 and had not been seen since. He was 44 years old at the time of his disappearance.

"This is an ongoing investigation," ISP Det. Bill Wibbles said. "Mr. Darling's disappearance and death is suspicious, and I would ask anyone who has any information about this case to call Indiana State Police at 1-812-482-1441 or 1-800-742-7475."

Crawford County Prosecutor Cheryl Hillenburg said that the identification of the remains may change the direction of the investigation. "Sometimes an investigation can be slow until you have the identity of the victim," she said. "And we're glad Mr. Darling's family can finally have a proper burial and, hopefully, at some point, find some closure."

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