Remains not linked to missing person cases

Age of remains estimated to be 5-10 years old, says medical examiner
NEW Media Staff

A human skull and multiple bones discovered by a hunter in the Menominee tribal forest on Oct. 30 is not linked.

Authorities have not released the location of where the remains were found, which has subsequently been described as somewhere north of Keshena off of state Highway 55. The area has been closed off and authorities are continuing to investigate.

A joint investigation is currently being conducted by the Menominee Tribal Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigations, Menominee Tribal Enterprises, Menominee Tribal Conservation, Menominee Town Fire Department, Menominee Emergency Management, and the Menominee County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Menominee County Medical Examiner Patrick Roberts has released the most subsequent information wherein he says that, due to the skull structure, the remains appear to be that of a man and are somewhere between five and 10 years old.

It appears the remains are not breaks in cases of missing or murdered Menominee women, according to a tribal press release.

There are also a couple of missing Menominee men, but it appears these remains are currently not related to two of the more high profile recent cases of Robert Lyons who disappeared in 2017 and Justin Dickenson who disappeared in 2022.

Roberts has said that through dental records it has been determined that the remains are not those of Lyons or Dickenson.

Dickenson, 36, has been missing since Feb. 11, 2022. He was last known to be in Shawano County. Dickenson has brown eyes and brown hair. He’s about 5 feet, 7 inches, and weighs 157 pounds. Dickenson has a “JD” tattoo on his left hand. He has a scar near his right eye.

Lyons, 28, is 5 feet, 9 inches, 120 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He has a tattoo of the word “Menominee” on his middle upper back from shoulder to shoulder, an eagle tattoo words “Native Pride” on the calf of one of his legs. He was last seen wearing shorts, a hat and shoes.

Lyons has been missing since June 3, 2017, when he left his home on a red and white ATV. He was seen in Long Marsh area on the Menominee Reservation. On June 9, 2017, the ATV Lyons was driving was located by the tribal police. He left behind his cell phone and was not wearing a shirt when he left.

In addition to continued searching of the area, Roberts and the FBI will continue to work to identify the remains using DNA testing.

The authorities have released statements that say the community is not at risk, though people are reminded to always take common sense measures to protect themselves and that if they encounter any suspicious items or activity in the woods they should immediately contact the tribal police at 715-799-3321.