Authorities find old corpse in state park

October 15, 2008 7:33:28 AM PDT
A decaying corpse found in Lake Kegonsa State Park is that of a man in his 30s or 40s. But that's about all Dane County Coroner John Stanley could determine Tuesday from preliminary forensic findings.

Stanley says the man likely is non-Caucasian, but a positive identification make take months of DNA and dental testing since the remains are skeletal.

The body was found clothed in a woodsy area near a hiking trail Monday. Authorities combed the area Tuesday gathering evidence.

Authorities haven't determined if the death was foul play, but Stanley believes the body has been there up to a year by the rate of decomposition.

Stanley says a forensic anthropologist, a forensic entomologist, a dental expert and others are evaluating the body and the site for clues.