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Javins' dental records match found remains

Monday, October 15, 2007

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.

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I knew Scott several years before his disappearance. He worked for me and I attended ISU with him. He was truly a nice young man. My heart goes out to his family. May they get some solace from him being found.

-- Posted by steve47834 on Mon, Oct 15, 2007, at 11:01 AM

While I didn't know the Javins' personally, they have remained strong throughout 5 years of agony. I have a 20 yo son myself .. I praise them for their diligence and send heartfelt sympathies to the parents, extended family & friends of this fine young man. My thoughts are with you.

-- Posted by Emmes on Mon, Oct 15, 2007, at 11:14 AM

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