ROCKFORD (WIFR) – It’s a discovery that sparked two missing person cases in Rockford. Investigators are still trying to figure out what happened to Mark Miller, the Rockford man whose wallet was found at an ATV Park a year ago. That discovery led detectives to find human parts nearby.
“We will continue to work on and find out exactly what happened to Mr. Miller.”
It’s been a year since Mark Miller’s wallet was found, leaving investigators with little answers as to what happened to the Rockford man who’s been missing since March 2009.
“We still have conducted interviews since we’ve recovered those items and we’ll continue to conduct interviews on any information that comes in.”
Last fall, Miller’s wallet was found feet away from human remains at an ATV park off South Main Street. Investigators are still trying to determine who the parts belong to and say the discovery opened a new case.
“We were able to confirm through analysis that they were not Mark Miller’s bones,” said Lt. Marc Welsh.
“We believe it is a heavy set male, we believe that it is a white male, in the age range of about 45-55,” said Winnebago County Coroner Sue Fiduccia.
It’s taken a year for anthropologists in Indiana and Texas to figure out more about this mysterious man. Winnebago County Coroner Sue Fiduccia says he could have come from anywhere in the country. She’s now hoping a national database will help connect the dots.
“When the family hears of bones found or you know another death or something, it just brigs it all back for them.”
That’s why investigators say they’re trying to close both cases and give each family closure.
In addition to searching through old missing person reports, investigators say they sent out a national notice to hopefully identify the human remains.