FACES, located on the LSU Campus, picked up the bones last Thursday and brought them to their lab in Baton Rouge. The lab's job is to try and piece bones together to try and figure out what the person looked like and how he was killed.
Mary Marhein, who is head of FACES and was in Abbeville Thursday, said her department is in the process of trying to identity the age of the person and if there is any trauma marks on the skeleton. She did identify the sex of the person.
“I can say it is a male,” said Marheim. “We do not know how old the person is or how long the person has been in the chimney.”
The male could have been in the chimney anywhere from a year to 30 years. There was no flesh on the bones, she added.
Once the X-rays are completed on the bones, the age of the male will be determined, she said.
It could take a week to a month to determine the age and if there was trauma on the bones.
FACE’s findings will be turned over to the Abbeville Police Department to see if they can match that information with a possible missing person or a victim who they may think it is.
Contractors located skeleton remains in a chimney on the second floor of the bank. The police were called in after the bones were found.