Remains found in Roseville identified as homeless man missing since 2017

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ROSEVILLE, Calif. (KTXL) — After more than two years, Roseville police believe they have identified the man whose skeletal remains were found near the Oak Creek BMX Track.

However, detectives are still trying to determine how exactly that man died.

Police told FOX40 those remains may have been in the area along Riverside Avenue for a few years before they were discovered.

In February 2019, Roseville police announced skeletal remains of a man were discovered in the woods surrounding the BMX park.

“At the time, we did not have a positive identification for who that individual was,” said Rob Baquera, a spokesman with the Roseville Police Department.

Police sent the remains off to see if they could get a DNA match.

“To the California Department of Justice, the Bureau of Forensic Services,” Baquera said. “This was the organization that ultimately was able to, through DNA evidence, be able to positively identify this individual as a local transient known to Roseville and Sacramento by the name of Joseph David Sill.”

As well as living in Roseville, police say Sill also spent time in Sacramento around Loaves and Fishes and Discovery Park.

Sill was reported missing in 2017 and had not been seen by his family since early 2016.

“So we do believe that these remains were in this area of Roseville for quite some time before they were discovered,” Baquera explained.

Now, police are trying to determine a cause of death, which the state lab was not able to give them. They are hoping someone saw and remembers Sill to help them fill in the gaps.

“We have these strong commitments to the families of these victims to see these cases through to the end,” Baquera told FOX40. “If there’s anyone in the community, the Sacramento area, the Roseville area, that by chance recognizes this individual, has information about this case, we’d definitely like to talk to you.”

Anyone with information about Sill is encouraged to contact Detective Guild at cguild@roseville.ca.us. 

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