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DUNKARD TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — Authorities say they have found remains at the site of last week’s gas well explosion and fire in Greene County that left one worker missing and presumed dead.

State police, Chevron and Cameron International held a news conference Wednesday evening where they updated the latest on the massive fire that burned for days.

Authorities have now officially identified the missing worker as 27-year-old Ian McKee, as a newspaper in his hometown first reported on Tuesday.

He worked for the contractor, Cameron International.

McKee is originally from Warren, Pa., but has recently been living in Morgantown, W. Va., with his fiancée. They are expecting a baby.

“I’d like to extend sincere and heartfelt condolences to all friends, family, loved ones and colleagues of Mr. McKee,” said Nigel Hearne, of Chevron. “We are committed to continue to engage with the family and Cameron employees and our own workforce to help support them during this extraordinarily difficult time.”

Investigators were able to recover bones from a site they examined this afternoon.

However, they’re not sure if they belong to McKee.

No body was found.

“Our investigators were able to recover some fragments in the area of where we believed Mr. McKee was when the explosion took place,” said Trooper Stefani Plume, of State Police.

The Greene County Coroner’s Office will examine the bones to try to identify them.

It is not yet known when it will be safe enough for crews to get close enough to the well to cap it.

RELATED LINKS:
Report: Green Co. Gas Well Missing Worker Identified (2/18/14)
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