CURWENSVILLE, Pa. — Dental records have confirmed that remains found in a wooded area of west-central Pennsylvania are those of a 19-year-old reported missing last month.

Chase Anderson’s loved ones gathered at Irvin Park in Curwensville to remember him Sunday night, even before the Clearfield County coroner on Thursday confirmed the identification.

The remains were found in Pike Township on Aug. 30.

Forensic anthropologist Dennis Dirkmaat from Mercyhurst University has been assisting in the investigation. Dirkmaat often consults when human remains are badly decomposed or in a condition that would otherwise make them difficult to identify.

State police say they have people in custody in connection with the remains, but have not announced charges or explained what they mean beyond that.

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