Authorities report progress in identifying remains found in Lexington storage unit

kward1@herald-leader.comJanuary 11, 2014 

The Econo Self Storage, where yesterday a body was discovered in a storage unit, at 121 James Ct. in Lexington, Ky., Thursday, January 9, 2014. Police said Wednesday that they went to the storage center after receiving a tip from a federal agency, which Lexington Police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said Thursday was the Social Security Administration. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

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The human remains found inside a Lexington storage unit Wednesday are those of an elderly white man, Fayette County Coroner Gary Ginn said Saturday.

Ginn, who assisted with the autopsy, said that while officials believe they know who the man is, dental records and other information will be needed to confirm his identity. Ginn said he did not know how long that process might take.

Ginn said the cause of death also has not been determined.

The remains were found after members of the Lexington police robbery/homicide division went to the Econo-Self Storage at 121 James Court after receiving a tip from the Social Security Administration.

Police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts has said the man apparently had been dead "for an extended period of time" and that federal authorities are investigating a "potential financial crime."

Karla Ward: (859) 231-3314. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety

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