Law enforcement agencies spent much of Friday exhuming the decomposed human remains of an unidentified “apparent construction worker,” discovered late Thursday at a worksite in north Dickinson.
The body was “relatively intact” and found in the crouched upright position near an underground utility pipeline, according to a statement sent at 8:35 p.m. Friday, according to statements from Dickinson Police Capt. Joe Cianni.
“A positive identification of the body was not possible at the scene due to the extent of the decomposition of the body and the deterioration of the related clothing,” Cianni’s statement read. “Nothing unusual or suspicious was unearthed during the exhumation.”
Phoebe Stubblefield, the forensic science program director at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, supervised the exhumation. The body will be transported to UND for Stubblefield’s forensic medical examination.
Law enforcement agencies began investigating the construction site at the corner of 40th Street East and Fourth Avenue East before 7 a.m. Friday morning, according to reports, as police taped off the area and officers stood watch around the perimeter. The exhumation didn’t wrap up until 7:26 p.m., according to Cianni’s statement.
The remains were discovered near an industrial park and directly east of the Integrated Production Services and Halliburton campuses on 40th Street. The area is north of Lincoln Meadows Apartments.
Multiple calls and messages left for Cianni were not returned.
Could remains be those of missing man?
Many on social media sites spent the day speculating that the remains are those of Eric Haider, a Bismarck man who disappeared off a job site on May 24, 2012. That site was close where the discovery was made.
Haider, who was 30 when he disappeared, has never been found. He was working for Bismarck-based Cofell’s Plumbing and Heating at the time on a site east of the Baker Hughes building, which is about a half-mile to the southwest of where the remains were found.
Ashley Lemke, the wife of Haider’s friend, Rick Lemke, told The Press on Friday morning that if the remains are revealed to be Haider’s, that it would give “closure” to his family and friends.
“As of right now, it’s just not known,” she said.