The Mahoning County Coroner’s Office has identified the skull found Feb. 16 on the city’s East Side as that of David Allen Jackson, 26, of Youngstown, who went missing in early December.
The identification was made through anthropological analysis and confirmed by dental comparisons made by Dr. Robert Johnson, the coroner’s office said Thursday.
Police and the coroner’s office continue to probe the circumstances of Jackson’s death, said Dr. Joseph S. Ohr, forensic pathologist and deputy coroner.
The skull was found in a wooded area in the 2000 block of Vaughn Avenue in the northeast section of the city. A homeowner called police after his dog discovered the skull in the woods off Vaughn.
Another dog on the same street found a jawbone Tuesday evening, and police said they believe, but cannot confirm, that the jawbone and upper skull found Feb. 16 are parts of the same skeleton.
The complete skeleton hasn’t been found. Police said they are considering using GPS monitoring on neighborhood dogs and plan to again use trained cadaver dogs to find the rest of the skeleton as the weather becomes warmer and more suitable for a search.
Finding the rest of the body will allow the coroner’s office and police to begin their fuller investigation of how Jackson died, Dr. Ohr said.
Police received tips that Jackson likely was murdered and that his body may have been left somewhere on the East Side.
According to the kidnapping report filed on Jackson in early December, a woman said he borrowed her car to go out for a minute, sent her a text message shortly thereafter saying he’d be home shortly, but never returned. The woman told police two men were looking for Jackson as revenge for an alleged theft.
Police believe Jackson may have been with another man during a robbery shortly before Jackson went missing.