Elkton, Maryland – Maryland State Police investigators have identified the skeletal remains found in Cecil County last Sunday.
Shortly after noon on Sunday, March 10, 2019, an Elkton resident contacted emergency services after discovering what appeared to be human remains in a wooded area, adjacent to Red Hill Road in Elkton. Investigators assigned to the Maryland State Police – Criminal Enforcement Division responded to the scene. Red Hill Road is a section of road that connects Elkton’s Main Street and Old Baltimore Pike in Newark, Delaware.
Subsequently, Maryland State Police investigators and crime scene technicians, along with investigators from the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office and a forensic investigator from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, conducted scene processing and recovered what appeared to be human remains from within a heavily wooded area.
The remains were transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy to attempt to determine the cause and manner of death. It is not known how long the body had been in the woods.
Today, Friday, March 15, 2019, authorities identified the deceased person as Eric Martin Startt, age 37, of Elkton, Maryland. Physicians from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore made the positive identification via medical and dental records. The cause and manner of Startt’s death have not yet been determined. On Sunday investigators said that were confident that the autopsy would provide answers to a number of questions concerning the remains.
Starrt was reported missing to the Maryland State Police North East Barrack on May 13, 2018.
Startt was last seen in the area of Cox Lane / Red Hill Road, Elkton on or about the day of his disappearance, according to a missing person database.
Investigators have worked since then to locate Startt and investigate his disappearance.
Anyone with information pertaining to the investigation should contact TFC Wildman of the Maryland State Police – Criminal Enforcement Division at 410-996-7814. Calls may remain confidential.