BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Biloxi Police believe that the human remains found in a vacant lot off Rodenberg Avenue is Robert Dale Krider, a Texas man who has been missing since this past July.
Investigators found Krider's ID near the scattered bones, which were discovered by a man mowing grass. The bones were found about 50 yards east of Rodenberg Avenue, just north of the railroad tracks.
"We got a call at Stevens and Rodenberg about nine this morning. Had a guy that was out there bush hogging a vacant lot and found some human remains," said investigator Chris DeBack.
Police quickly called on an expert to assist with the case. Longtime forensic pathologist Dr. Paul McGarry led investigators in processing the death scene.
The body had been there for quite some time; only bones remain.
"They're scattered a bit. They are, a lot of them are still there. But they're still scattered," said detective DeBack.
As they closely examined the scene, investigators got a break. They found the state-issued ID of a man reported missing in Biloxi more than five months ago.
Investigators believe the remains are Robert Dale Krider, a 53 year old Texas man.
"The report was taken on the 20th when he was reported missing in July. He was staying at the Super 8 Motel on the beach in Biloxi, working for a dry wall company. The drywall crew was about to leave that morning and they last saw him going towards 90 walking. And he hasn't been seen since," said DeBack.
With the remains discovered just 50 yards off busy Rodenberg Avenue, Biloxi Police admit it is somewhat surprising that the body wasn't discovered much sooner.
After tentatively identifying the remains as that of the missing man, the critical question that remains to be answered is the cause of death.
"We're trying to determine how he died. And how he came to rest in this field," said the detective.