Investigators identify skeletal remains found in Youngstown in April

The remains belonged to 18-year-old Jabreal Collins, according to investigators

Police say they found human remains at the corner of Wydesteel and Trussit Avenues in Youngstown.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Investigators have identified skeletal remains found on Wydesteel Avenue in Youngstown on April 8.

According to a report released Friday by Mahoning County Deputy Coroner Dr. Joseph Ohr, the remains belong to 18-year-old Jabreal Collins, who went missing in 2013. The identity was confirmed with the help of a forensic dental expert, Dr. Robert Johnson, and Youngstown State University anthropologist Dr. Loren Lease.

The remains were discovered in a vacant lot near the corner of Wydesteel and Trussit Avenue in Youngstown. Upon investigating, police found the remains of a human body, mostly bones and a skull in a tattered winter coat.

Ohr said Collins was most recently a resident of Safehouse Ministries on Eastview Drive in Youngstown. His mother lives in Columbus, and his father is incarcerated at Trumbull Correctional Institute, according to Ohr.

Investigators said multiple bullet holes were found in Collins’ varsity-style jacket. One bullet fragment was recovered from within the fabric of the coat.

The case is being ruled as a homicide, and the Youngstown Police Department is investigating.

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