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Still No Cause of Death for UDel Professor



    Still No Cause of Death for UDel Professor
    University of Delaware

    Over a week after his skeletal remains were found, officials have not yet determined the cause of death of a retired University of Delaware professor who went missing a year and a half ago.

    A hiker found the human skeletal remains of 64-year-old John Dohms in a heavily wooded area behind Fremont Road in Newark, Del. back on February 28 around 4:30 p.m. The hiker alerted State Park Rangers who notified Newark Police.

    Dohms, who suffered from dementia, went missing back on Sept. 13, 2012 after leaving his home on East Cleveland Avenue in Newark, Del.

    A search involving several police departments and rescue teams was conducted in the woodlands surrounding White Clay Creek State Park. But the retired professor was never found.

    On Saturday, officials told NBC10 that they are still investigating how he died.

    "The Delaware Medical Examiner's Office has ruled that the manner and cause of death are both undetermined," said Jill Fredel of the Delaware Department of Health & Social Services. "The ME's Office further ruled that an anthropological examination of Mr. Dohms' remains revealed no evidence of foul play."

    Friends and family of Dohms also reached out to NBC10 and described the impact he had on their lives.