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The "skeletal remains" found Thursday night off of Washington Street in the East End are those of a Penn Hills man who has been missing for almost five years.
A spokeswoman for the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office said the remains have been identified as belonging to Dominick Brown-Hill, who was 21 when he disappeared.
Police said the remains were found in a small, wooded area behind the 900 block of Washington Street.
Brown-Hill was last seen March 22, 2012, when police said he took a jitney cab from his home on Althea Drive in Penn Hills to McKeesport. According to published reports, Brown-Hill asked the driver to drop him off at an apartment building.
Published reports indicate the driver waited for an hour, but when Brown-Hill never came back out, the driver left.
When he failed to respond to text messages from his family or to meet his father for a driving test, reports at the time said, his family became worried and reported him missing.
Police said the jitney driver had Brown-Hill's cell phone and pawned it. The phone was recovered and police told news outlets they were able to track Brown-Hill's activities from the text messages on the phone.
The jitney driver was questioned and as of 2012 was not considered a suspect in Brown-Hill's disappearance.
In 2014, Pittsburgh Crime Stoppers offered a $1,000 reward for information about Brown-Hill's disappearance. His family pledged another $5,000 reward and put up billboards in Pittsburgh's Homewood neighborhood asking for information.
The cause of death is not yet known, but the Allegheny County Police Homicide Unit is investigating.
Originally published February 25, 2017.