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Remains found in Virginia wooded area identified as boy reported missing in 2003

Human remains discovered in a wooded area of ​​Carroll County, Virginia, have been identified as those of a 5-year-old boy who disappeared in 2003, authorities said.

The remains of Logan Nathaniel Bowman were found last year in the area of ​​Iron Ridge Road in Galax, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office announced in a Facebook post Thursday.

They were able to identify the remains with the help of Othram Inc., a private company specializing in forensic genealogical analysis to help solve cold cases nationwide.

Logan Bowman. Carroll County Sheriff’s Office

The company was able to “develop a comprehensive DNA profile that allowed them to use forensic genetic genealogy and two direct DNA comparisons of family members to identify the remains as those of Logan Nathaniel Bowman,” it said. the sheriff’s office.

Logan’s remains were discovered in a trash can, according to DNASolves.com, part of Othram. A sleeping bag, a white Winnie the Pooh blanket with pink flowers and a piece of fabric were also found at the scene, the site said.

It was determined that his remains had been at the scene for an extended period of time, the sheriff’s office said.

His mother, Cynthia Davis, and her then-boyfriend, Dennis Schermerhorn, were arrested and charged shortly after Logan’s disappearance in January 2003. Davis pleaded guilty to two counts of child neglect and to one count of homicide in connection with Logan’s disappearance, according to DNASolves. .com. She received a 20-year suspended prison sentence for child neglect and a 30-year suspended prison sentence for homicide.

Schermerhorn was convicted of one count of child neglect and sentenced to one year in prison.

The sheriff’s office said additional charges are expected in this case.

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