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HEIDELBERG, Germany — German medical examiners have confirmed that the skeletal remains found near a Heidelberg train station are those of an Army physician missing since Sept. 13, 2001.

“There is no doubt that it was Jon Baldwin,” said German police spokesman Jorg Hofer.

Although forensic experts say Baldwin appears to have died shortly after he disappeared, they were unable to pinpoint the date or cause of death.

“It appears he died within a few days after he disappeared,” said Hofer, adding that a water bottle and “a small brown bottle typically used to hold pills” was found near his body.

Investigators speculate that Baldwin mostly likely took his own life.

“It looked like he laid down very calmly,” said Hofer. “Nothing violent had happened to the body.”

An Army major at the time of his disappearance, Baldwin had already been officially listed as deceased after remaining missing for more than year. In September, he was posthumously promoted to lieutenant colonel.

With German officials handing over the remains on Wednesday, now Army forensic experts will try to piece together what happened to Baldwin.

Army Dr. (Lt. Col.) Kathleen Ingwersen, the military’s top medical examiner in Europe, will oversee the recovery of the remains and will “perform an external examination and identification confirmation,” said Europe Regional Medical Command spokeswoman Cynthia Vaughan.

Baldwin’s remains will then be sent to the office of Armed Forces Medical Examiner in Washington, D.C. to be examined by a forensic anthropologist.


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