TERRE HAUTE -- The skeletal remains found inside a silver Honda Civic pulled from the Wabash River near Fairbanks Park Friday afternoon match the dental records of an Indiana State University student missing since May 2002.
Late Saturday afternoon, Vigo County Prosecutor Terry Modesitt confirmed Scott Javins' dental records matched the remains found inside the vehicle.
Officials reported that no other remains were found in the vehicle during the preliminary investigation.
A press release from the Vigo County Prosecutor's Office confirmed a team of University of Indianapolis forensic pathologists, led by forensic anthropologist Dr. Stephen Nawrocki, found a skull and lower jawbone in the five-year build up of silt and debris inside the vehicle.
With the cause of death unknown, officials hope that Nawrocki's team will have a preliminary report within three weeks that will shed more light on the case.
Further information will be limited to protect the integrity of the case, but officials said the analysis of the vehicle will continue to determine if there are any other remains or evidence inside the vehicle while law enforcement continue to follow up on leads.
The missing person case became a homicide investigation after a tip to the Indiana State Police prompted Friday's search.