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Oxford Police Find More Remains After Skull Discovered

Posted March 26, 2007

— Police found some human remains Monday afternoon, a day after a skull was found in a wooded area.

A skull appearing to be that of a human adult was discovered Sunday afternoon behind the Masonic Children's Home at 600 College St., police said.

Officers fanned out from the site Monday to search for more evidence and brought in a cadaver dog to assist in the effort. After a day of searching, they found fragments of what appear to bones scattered within an acre of where the skull turned up, police said, adding that investigators also found a white T-shirt.

Police Chief John Wolford said he believes the skull had been there for at least a year, so investigators have been looking through local missing-person cases in hopes of identifying the skull.

"We have been only able to find one missing persons case that may be related to this," Wolford said. "It turns out that the individual sometime late last summer walked out of the emergency room of Granville Medical Center, which is actually located in front of the large property behind the Masonic Children's Home. Since that time, he has not turned up."

The man was identified as William Allen, who also is known as "Joe." He was 57 when he disappeared last August.

"It's always been in my mind -- where is Joe?" said Arthur Little, a friend of Allen's. "You don't just walk away from life."

Police said the additional remains would assist in DNA analysis to determine if Allen's whereabouts have been determined or if an unsolved homicide has been discovered.

The State Bureau of Investigation is helping Oxford police investigate the case.


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  • moe1991 Mar 27, 2007

    I am a cross country runner and one of are meets was at Childrens Home
    We ran where the man was found it and he was probably dead by then .
    It is very sad knowning that my team are any one else could have known about it and done something for him

    god bless him and his family

  • thegreatsillyone Mar 27, 2007

    I know this guy. He use to offer to pump your gas at Kelsey's conv. store off of highway 96. Sometimes I would give him a couple of bucks for helping out. He was a nice guy. Think the woman really appreciated it when it was cold outside. His humor will be missed! Always wondered what happened to him. They had a sign on the door for several months, guess case closed now.

  • spiritwarriorwoman Mar 27, 2007

    Greekgirl - "Loosen up people, Gosh some of you act like you have been whipped with a switch,when people just crack a joke.I will take the jokester any day day over a introvert."

    I love a good joke, but making jokes when a person is dead is calused and ignorant. What we should be doing here is praying that the person can be identified and given a dignified burial, for comfort for their loved ones and for justice to be served if foul play is discovered.

    So cut the jokes!!! If this was your loved one, you'd sharpen up and take offense too...and THIS WAS SOMEONE'S LOVED ONE!!!

    God bless.
    Rev. RB

  • Ashen-Shugar Mar 27, 2007

    Please allow me to say that I know this is no joke. GOHEELS, I am sure lots of people including myself, have suffered things we wouldn't wish on anyone else. You really shouldn't make assumptions about people from a comment posted in a public forum. If you are afraid or ashamed to see what people say, don't look.

  • Greekgirl Mar 27, 2007

    Loosen up people,Gosh some of you act like you have been whipped with a switch,when people just crack a joke.I will take the jokester any day day over a introvert.

  • plcj Mar 27, 2007

    goheels, you are exactly right. This has happened in my family. I will tell you firsthand, that even if somewhere in the back of your mind you expect (because of lifestyles or associates)the worst to happen to a loved one. When it becomes reality, it is no easier to deal with so people please go to the strange stories if you want to find something to joke about.

  • BOHICA Mar 27, 2007

    Perhapse we should deport it.

  • goheels Mar 27, 2007

    You would think people had better things to do than to make wise cracks on an article like this......hope this never happens to someone you care about or love. Put your brain in gear before you put your mouth (via the keyboard) in gear! Every person, no matter what they have done or their circumstances in life, has someone who cares about them......but to read these comments, you would think life is one big joke.

  • ncfishfinder Mar 26, 2007

    I've been to Granville Med Ctr. numerous times, they're pretty slow. He probably decided to go die in a peaceful place rather than in the waiting room.

  • nursevb8 Mar 26, 2007

    Choose the most convenient case. Right in front of the school. Take the skull to the show "Bones" they'll put a face to it and tell you exactly who it is, whether they're missing or not!