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The Telegram
  • Dental records confirm ID of remains in Little Falls

  • Authorities have confirmed that Donald Wichelns is the man whose body was found behind his former caretaker’s home in Little Falls this month.

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  • Authorities have confirmed Donald Wichelns is the man whose body was found behind his former caretaker’s home in Little Falls this month.
    Forensic pathologist Michael Sikirica on Friday used dental records from 2001 to positively identify the human remains as Wichelns, who would have been 71 if he was still alive, police said.
    Wichelns’ decomposed remains were found on May 1 wrapped in a crate behind 59 Flint Ave., but the man’s cause of death is still a mystery and awaiting future toxicology results.
    He was last seen alive in 2004.
    “We were at least able to positively ID him, and now we’re still working the case, we’re still following leads, we’re still trying to determine what happened to him,” said state police Senior Investigator Timothy Blaise in Herkimer.
    Nobody is charged in connection to Wichelns’ death at this time. But, Wichelns’ former caretaker, Tammy Lynn Sterling-Barthelmess, was charged with second-degree forgery last week based on information that was obtained during the death investigation, police said.
    Police have not yet said whose signature Sterling-Barthelmess is accused of forging.
    Anyone with further information on this case is asked to call the state police at 366-6018.
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