By Ralph Iannotti

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Allegheny County Police say what was once a missing person case is now a homicide investigation.

Last Thursday night, skeletal remains were discovered in a wooded area, behind the 900-block of Washington Street in the city of McKeesport.

The Allegheny County Medical Examiner identified the remains as the body of 21-year-old Dominick Brown-Hill of Penn Hills.

Now, investigators say the man’s death was a homicide and an autopsy revealed he had sustained a gunshot wound to the head.

KDKA reached out to Brown-Hill’s family Tuesday night, but they said they were too upset to release any statement at this time.

Back in March of 2012, about a week after Brown-Hill was reported missing, his mother, Lisa Zellers, was interviewed by KDKA-TV and she said she was starting to think the worst because she and her son were very close.

“My son has a good heart, he’s too trusting,” Zellers said.

Zellers said in the interview that the family was concerned about who Brown-Hill was keeping company with.

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Allegheny County Police and Penn Hills Police are investigating Brown-Hill’s disappearance and murder.

Family members, friends and acquaintances will be questioned in the days ahead. And, any witnesses who might recall something unusual or suspicious.

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