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More bones dug up in Rockford ATV park

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An excavation uncovers more human remains in a Rockford ATV park.  It's in the area where a missing Rockford man's wallet was found a few days ago.  Mark Miller disappeared one day after work three years ago, but the latest clues could finally show what happened to him. Rockford Police Sergeant John EauClaire says experts have been called in to help.  "A police forensic team and crime scene people were brought in to a dig that is done in these types of cases have located additional human remains."

Sunday, a wallet was discovered at the Rocky Glen ATV Park off North Main Street near Bypass 20.   It belongs to Miller, who was last seen leaving his work at the Clock Tower Resort in 2009.   His family believes this discovery might bring them the answers they have been searching for, for the last three years.  Illinois State Police Sergeant Mark Galindo says it still could be awhile before they'll know for sure.   "They are aware we don't know and won't know for some time as to the identity of these remains. They are hopeful that it is their loved one mark but they are aware that it might not be as well."

Sergeant EauClaire says it's still way early to know much in this investigation. "At this point we cannot tell gender nor can we tell physical size of the person. At this point we have no idea who these bones could belong to.

Scores of officers from the Rockford Police Department and Illinois State Police are involved in the investigation.   It even involves investigators from the Winnebago County Coroner's Office.  Sergeant EauClaire says Rockford Fire Divers are searching the area near the Rock River where the remains were found for any more evidence. "That's going to take a lot of work, it is going to take some laboratory work. But in the end if we can give some closure to the family that they will at least know what happened to their loved one. And that we have recovered what we can for them."

Even if the remains turn out to be Miller's, police say the case faces challenges like how did he die, if he was killed who did it, when did they do it, where and why?

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