The bones found in Sunday’s search for clues in the disappearance of Craig Frear are not human, police said Monday.
The Scotia-Glenville High School student went missing nine years ago, at the age of 17.
About 50 searchers from Search Team 5-1 of Fulton County and Northeast Mobile Search and Rescue spent hours combing through a wooded parcel of land behind the commercial properties on the eastern side of Route 50, between Glenridge Road and Maybrook Drive, beginning around 9 a.m. Sunday.
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Frear’s older brother, Matthew, assisted with the search as well.
The roughly 140-acre parcel of uninhabited land was searched because Frear worked at the Glenville Price Chopper, and also because it was an area that had not been searched in the past, according to state police Investigator Gloria Coppola.
Frear was last seen June 27, 2004, walking on a footpath toward the railroad tracks by Cambridge Manor in Scotia.
Sunday’s search yielded 20 bones that were examined by anthropologists at the New York State Museum. All were determined to be animal bones, said state Trooper John Neeley.
Frear’s family has posted a $10,000 reward for information that helps to find him.
Police have asked the public to search their property, including fields, woods and swamps, for anything that might be helpful to the investigation.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call state police at 783-3210 or 630-1700.