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Remains identified as work-release escapee

Updated: February 3, 2014 3:54PM

HOBART — The remains discovered more than three months ago behind a strip mall on U.S. 30 have been identified as a convicted felon who had escaped from Lake County work release a year earlier.

Hobart police Detective Jeremy Ogden said the Indiana State Police laboratory matched skeletal remains to George W. Roberts, 57, of Kingsbury.

The man’s DNA was on file with the state because of his extensive criminal history, which included a 12-year prison term for armed robbery. He was released from prison in 2003, but was arrested and charged later that year with auto theft, Ogden said.

After his release, Roberts was sentenced to 20 years for another armed robbery and in 2012 had transferred to Lake County to complete his term in work release, Ogden said. In 2012, he walked away from his detail.

On Sept. 20, the remains were found behind Hobart Crossings. Roberts’ identification card, issued by the Indiana Department of Correction, was found at the scene and aided police in determining who he was.

Ogden said the investigation into the man’s death continues.

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