Area Police Investigating After Skeletal Remains Found In Chemung River

June 10, 2022

ELMIRA – Police are asking for the public’s help in the search for information about a local missing person case after what is believed to be human skeletal remains was found in the Chemung River.

According to Elmira Police Chief Anthony Alvernaz, on May 11, 2022 the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office was called after a boater had located what was believed to be a human jaw bone in the Chemung River, just east of the Town of Chemung.

This bone was collected by Chemung County Sheriff’s Office Investigators and the area was subsequently searched for additional bones. However, none were found.

On June 9, 2022, the New York State Police Underwater Recovery Team, NYSP Investigators,
CCSO, and the Elmira Police Department conducted a thorough search of the area to attempt to recover additional remains.

Map of June 9th search area

Alvernaz says there are few Police Agencies in the region that have open missing persons cases. This includes the Elmira Police Department’s continued search for Matthew Barber, who last seen in November of 2020.

The jaw bone recovered is currently undergoing testing at the New York State Crime Laboratoryand DNA results should be available in the coming weeks.

If anyone has any information about the remains in the Chemung River or the disappearance of Matthew Barber, they are encouraged to contact the Elmira Police Department at (607)737-5626.