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Pablo human remains identified

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PABLO — The Lake County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed the identity of partially decomposed human human remains found in an undeveloped wooded area in Pablo on Nov. 3 shortly after 10:30 a.m.

The remains, identified by dental records, are those of 48-year-old William Harvey Flesch of Pablo.

According to a press release, Flesch was reported missing in July. At the time, law enforcement officials believed he had left the area.

Flesch was found by two children walking through the area. Undersheriff Dan Yonkin said the children may have been on their way to a friend’s house when they cut across the field and discovered the remains. 

The scene was processed by law enforcement officers and Flesch’s remains were transported to the state crime lab in Missoula for identification. 

The cause and manner of death are still under investigation, but Yonkin said he has no reason to suspect foul play.

Yonkin said he could not comment as to whether or not drugs and/or alcohol were involved until a toxicology screening had been performed. But due to the condition of the remains, a toxicology screening may not be possible. 

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