That’s the conclusion made by Todd Fenton, an associate anthropology professor at Michigan State University, who studied the remains over the past year, according to Van Buren County Sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Tom Macyauski.
Fenton used carbon dating techniques to come up with his estimate that the bones are 100-200 years old. He concluded the man was 25 to 30 years old and was between 5-foot-4-inches and 5-foot-7-inches tall.
However, due to the age of the bones it was not possible to determine a cause of death, Macyauski said.
The remains have been turned over to the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians for burial in one of their tribal cemeteries in the area, Macyauski said.