Human remains sent away for identification

Police investigate the discovery of human remains near Slumberland Furniture in Quincy.

It could be days, maybe weeks before we know the identity of a man whose remains were found this week behind a Quincy strip mall.

Adams County Coroner Jim Keller confirms the bones were sent to a lab in Bloomington. There, investigators will try to identify the remains using medical and dental records.

That process could take several days.

If no match is found, DNA tests will be performed. That process could take weeks, even months.

The body was discovered Wednesday night behind Slumberland Furniture in the five thousand block of Oak Street.

The Quincy Police Department says a Missouri state-issued photo ID was found at the scene where the human remains were discovered.

Keller said his top priority is releasing the remains back to the person's family as soon as possible, but is not sure when that might happen.

Quincy Police Department Chief Rob Copley said police aren't ready to release identifying information at this time and he would not say if it appears that this is a missing person or a case of foul play.

"It looks like they've been there a considerable amount of time," he said.

Officials believe the remains may have gone undiscovered for several months.