The Hermantown Police Department hopes that advances in DNA analysis and new information will finally give a name to a man whose skeletal remains were found more than 36 years ago.
“I hope they are able to find his relatives,” Paula Stocke said. “To think that there is a person who is missing, maybe not connected to anybody, is sad.”
Stocke and her sister discovered the man’s skeletal remains in the woods behind their family’s new home on what is now the 3900 block of Lavaque Road on April 16, 1976. Stocke was 5, her sister 8 or 9.
“Just shortly off the lawn area we found the skull,” Stocke said. “We grew up around the woods, so we knew bones of animals. We knew this was a human skull.”