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Authorities report progress in identifying remains found in Lexington storage unit

A mummified body was found in January at Econo Self Storage on James Court in Lexington. The body was that of a Texas man who died in 1990. His daughter was sentenced last week to 10 years in prison for illegally receiving $245,000 in Social Security benefits after her father's death.
A mummified body was found in January at Econo Self Storage on James Court in Lexington. The body was that of a Texas man who died in 1990. His daughter was sentenced last week to 10 years in prison for illegally receiving $245,000 in Social Security benefits after her father's death. Herald-Leader

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."

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