LISBON - The identity of the remains of a person found in wooded ravine between Lisbon and Salem Wednesday morning are being investigated by the Summit County Coroner's Office.
According to the Columbiana County Sheriff's Department, Mervin Troyer of Carrollton, his two brothers and two cousins were walking in the wooded area west of the area known as Ski Slope Hill on state Route 45 and north of Teegarden Road. The group of Mennonites are planning to timber the property.
One of Troyer's brothers reportedly looked down over the hill and saw what appeared to be a body. He called the others over and they decided to call the sheriff's department at 9:59 a.m. Wednesday.
Sheriff Ray Stone said the body had been there for some time, as evident by the skeletal remains and jeans. The body was found in a wooded area, a ravine with steep hillsides. He called it the type of area where no one usually would be hiking or hunting.
Stone said deputies did not see anything which indicated foul play, however, a final determination on the cause of death and the identity of the person will come from the coroner's office. An investigator from the coronor's office, an agent from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Information and both a detective and sergeant from the Salem Police Department joined deputies. Salem funeral director Bob Greenisen also responded, bringing with him the Leetonia Volunteer Fire Department.
Stone did not want to speculate as to the identity of the person.
A 44-year-old mental health patient has been missing since June 10, when he was released from Salem Community Hospital and reportedly decided to walk back to Lisbon. At the time of his disappearance, the man was reported as wearing blue jeans and a white shirt.