CURWENSVILLE, Pa. — Friends and family of a man reported missing last month held a vigil for him even though police have yet to confirm that remains found in a wooded area of west-central Pennsylvania are his.

Nineteen-year-old Chase Anderson’s loved ones gathers at Irvin Park in Curwensville to remember him Sunday night.

The remains were found in Pike Township, about 100 miles (160.9 kilometers) northeast of Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

Clearfield County Coroner Mike Morris says Dennis Dirkmaat, a forensic anthropologist from Mercyhurst University is assisting the investigation. Dirkmaat is typically involved when human remains are badly decomposed or in a condition that would otherwise make them difficult to identify.

Police say they have people in custody in connection with the still-unidentified remains, but warned that rumors can complicate their investigation.

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