PEKIN — Test results might not come back for days or weeks regarding remains found in a Pekin backyard last week.
The Tazewell County Coroner’s Office had expected results as early as Wednesday. However, Chief Deputy Coroner Rod Wamsley said Thursday that more time is needed. He said there have been no new developments in the case: the delay is just part of the ebb and flow of work at the Illinois State Police crime lab in Morton.
“It could be days, or it could be a few weeks,” Wamsley said.
The remains were found July 24 in a backyard in the 14300 block of Illinois Route 29. Autopsy results the next day prompted police to tentatively conclude the remains are those of Robert Bee Jr., 13, of Pekin, missing since he ran away from home Nov. 17. His residence is two miles north of where the remains were found.
Official identification awaits the ongoing DNA testing.
The autopsy did not reveal any specific trauma that could point to a cause of death, police have said. The criminal investigation continues.