Family of missing LHS alum awaiting results of bone exam
Article Last Updated: 10/18/2007 11:39:36 AM EDT - The Lowell Sun

LOWELL -- Results of an examination of bones and clothing found during a search for missing Peace Corps volunteer Walter Poirier III in Bolivia last month are not available yet, the Peace Corps said yesterday.

The results were originally expected last week.

The U.S. Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Dover, Del., is examining the bones and material found in the Zongo Valley in the Andes Mountains in mid-September.

Poirier, a 1996 graduate of Lowell High School, was last seen Feb. 3, 2001, but the Peace Corps didn't realize he was missing until his mother, Sheila Poirier, contacted the federal agency on March 4, 2001, reporting he hadn't been in touch with his family. He is the only volunteer whose remains have never been found.

The search team said it doesn't believe the bones it recovered are Poirier's. Instead, it's believed his remains are buried under debris flow from heavy rains or were washed out of the area that was searched.