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Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Jill Fredel, Director of Communications
302-255-9047, Pager 302-357-7498
Email: jill.fredel@state.de.us

Date: July 12, 2012
DHSS-70-2012





MEDICAL EXAMINER'S OFFICE RECEIVES POSITIVE IDENTIFICATION OF HUMAN SKULL FOUND NEAR PEA PATCH ISLAND AS MISSING NEWARK MAN


WILMINGTON (July 12, 2012) - Hal G. Brown, Deputy Director of the Delaware Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, has reported that the human skull discovered June 24, 2012, between the high and low tide beach area of Pea Patch Island near Delaware City has been positively identified as a missing Newark man, Timothy Finamore.

Finamore, age 53 at the time of his disappearance, was last seen alive on Oct. 15, 2010. His family was notified of the finding by New Castle County Police.

Forensic identification was positively established by National Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) forensic odontologist Richard Scanlon of Lewistown, Pa., who examined and compared ante-mortem and post-mortem dental anatomy, developmental anomalies and sinus radiographs.

The medical examiner's office worked closely with New Castle County Police, Delaware State Police, Delaware River and Bay Authority Police and DNREC.

For more information, contact Hal G. Brown, Deputy Director of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, at (302) 577-3420.



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