Due to the poor conditions of the remains recently identified as Milford resident Edwin Montecinos, the Office of the Medical Examiner has concluded that the time, manner and cause of death are indeterminable.
The remains of 32-year-old Montecinos were found in a wooden stream bed in the 8200 block of Front Street in Lincoln, only about 10 minutes from Montecinos' Milford residence.
The remains were identified via dental comparisons by the Office of the Medical Examiner a few weeks after they were discovered on June 18 by three juvenile boys walking along train tracks in the area.
Delaware State Police Spokesman Cpl. Gary Fournier said Montecinos' family, located out of state, was contacted by police after the remains were identified, but a missing person's report was never filed.
According to Montecinos' neighbor, Sylvia White, who has lived in the duplex adjacent to the deceased's former residence for about seven years, there was a frequent turnover of roommates living at the home Montecinos occupied on Montgomery Street in Milford, but the residents never caused her family any problems, other than occasionally loud music.
She also said her family assumed Montecinos had moved out of the residence when they realized in April that they hadn't recently seen his white car parked behind the duplex residence.
"It just seems strange and weird to me," White said. "If you go off for a period of time, don't you tell somebody? What did he tell his friends?"
While White said she only interacted with Montecinos in passing, she said she "always saw him looking dusty, and I could tell he was just coming home from work.
"It's sad … It's scary to know it was so close to home," she added. "I just hope they find out what happened to him."
Delaware State Police detectives will continue their investigation to determine circumstances surrounding this incident.
If anyone has information about Edwin Montecinos, they are asked to contact Detective John King at (302) 856-5850, ext. 208 or by utilizing the DSP Mobile Crime Tip Application available to download at www.delaware.gov/apps. Information may also be provided by contacting Delaware Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333, via the Internet at www.tipsubmit.com, or by sending an anonymous tip via text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword "DSP."