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December 6, 2017
After receiving the initial call that a hunter had located human remains in a wooded area of 55 Delaware Avenue in Delmar, at about 4:20 PM on Saturday, December 2, 2017; Bethlehem Police began an investigation with the assistance of the New York State Police.
Items of clothing and generic personal property recovered at the scene did not contain any information that would lead to an identity. A follow up was conducted on over 75 leads including a pertinent one developed by police on Sunday, December 3rd. This lead was based on prior knowledge of events in the area of this incident. An investigation into this lead resulted in police identifying a female from Schenectady County who had not been reported missing. The investigation revealed that she traveled extensively around the capital region and country, and that it was typical for her to not have contact with family or friends for extended periods of time.
Based upon this lead Bethlehem Police and State Police were able to construct a detailed timeline of the last few days of her life, during the last week of September. With this information, coupled with the results of the autopsy, a cause of death involving foul play has been ruled out.
Police have identified Ruth Talmon, 70, of Schenectady County, as the deceased, based upon the result of this investigation, and with confirmation by dental records.
This investigation was conducted by Bethlehem Police, with the assistance of the New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation; as well as New York State Forest Rangers and the Albany County District Attorney’s Office.
December 4, 20175:00 p.m.
On today’s date the Bethlehem Police Department and New York State Police; assisted by New York State Forest Rangers, did conduct a detailed woodland search of 6.5 acres of land in regards to this investigation.
Additionally, members of the Bethlehem Police, and New York State Police have conducted follow-ups on over 75 leads in this case. As a result of the investigation an autopsy was conducted today at Albany Medical Center Hospital; police have determined that there is no foul play in the death.
At this time, a positive identification has been made, as an adult female from the Capital District. At this time we are not releasing the name of the deceased, pending notification of family members.
This investigation was conducted jointly with the assistance of the New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation, New York State Forest Rangers, Albany County District Attorney’s office and Albany County Coroner’s office.
Update from 12/04/17.
Today, December 4, 2017, the Bethlehem Police Department, New York State Police and New York State Forest Rangers will be conducting a woodland search in the rear of 55 Delaware Avenue to search for evidence related to this investigation.
An autopsy is anticipated to be completed today as well. Upon completion of these two events, further information will be released and a time for that release and a press statement will be disseminated as soon as possible.
As this round-the-clock investigation continues, the Bethlehem Police Department would like to thank the employees and management of Hoffman’s Car Wash for their assistance and accommodating nature.
Original Release from 12/03/17 at 3:17PM.
On Saturday, December 2, 2017, at 4: 20 PM the Bethlehem Police Department received a report of human remains in a wooded area in Delmar.
Bethlehem Police did locate the human remains in a wooded area behind 55 Delaware Avenue in Delmar. Based on the advanced stage of decomposition of the remains, it is premature to identify the ethnicity, age, or gender of the deceased. It is also too early to determine how long the remains have been at this location, or any cause of death.
At this time the incident is under investigation by members of the Bethlehem Police Department, New York State Police, Albany County District Attorney’s Office and New York State Forest Rangers.
A member of the Bethlehem Police Department will be available for an on camera interview at 4:45PM, at the Bethlehem Police station, 447 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, today, December 3, 2017. Further information will be released as it becomes available.