Remains belonging to late Army veteran William Schmidbauer have been found
Authorities say human remains found by an engineering crew are those of a New Jersey Vietnam veteran who went missing more than a decade ago.
Manchester Township police say the crew was working in a wooded, swampy area on Tuesday when it found the skull that was later discovered to be that of William Schmidbauer.
The crew had called police, and further excavation uncovered additional remains and personal items that led authorities to identify Schmidbauer’s remains.
Investigators found an ID card belonging to him, a pocket knife and a watch, according to the Asbury Park Press.
Schmidbauer was a Township resident who was 64 when he went missing in September 2007, when his wife Jean reported it.
Schmidbauer’s remains were found about 1.5 miles away from his home.
Police in New Jersey say a crew was working in a wooded, swampy area on Tuesday when it found the skull of Schmidbauer
Manchester Township Police continue their investigation into the disappearance of a township resident and U.S. Army veteran who went missing in 2007
Authorities had conducted numerous searches over the years to find him, including one done last year.
Authorities don’t suspect foul play but a state police forensic anthropologist are examining the remains
Authorities don’t suspect foul play but a state police forensic anthropologist will examine the remains.
The veteran’s daughter, Lisa Schmidbauer-Curcio, spoke about her late father’s struggles after his retirement from the Army in 1981.
‘He had a really difficult time adjusting to civilian life, and that’s when his PTSD manifested, so it wasn’t an easy transition,’ Schmidbauer-Curcio told APP in 2014.
‘He handled it as best as he could,’ Schmidbauer’s daughter added.
Schmidbauer-Curcio also released a statement on Wednesday following the investigation.
‘We always had hope… there’s always a small part of hope, but also knowing most likely he had passed in the way that he did. It’s our greatest fear come true.’