Remains found those of missing Harrisburg man

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Human skeletal remains found on state game lands in the Newville area last year are those of a Harrisburg man who went missing in March 2015, investigators said Tuesday.

David Martin (family photo)

Cumberland County Coroner Charley Hall and Harrisburg police identified the remains as those of David Martin.

Martin, who was known as “Sport Dog”, was 41 years old when his family reported him missing under suspicious circumstances.

Investigators have not determined the cause of death. Hall said there was no indication of trauma.

A hunter on Dec. 3 found the remains in a heavily-wooded area near Route 233 and Ridge Road in Cooke Township.

Hall said the identification was ultimately made through dental records. He said the remains appear to have been in the woods for about a year and a half to two years.

“With this information, we hope to go back into the investigation and work any leads,” Harrisburg police Captain Gabriel Olivera said.

Police are seeking tips on Martin’s whereabouts during March 2015. Anyone with information is asked to call 717-255-3118 or email


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