The skeletal remains found buried in the basement of a Long Island home by a man searching for his long-lost father were positively identified Wednesday as dear old Dad, officials said.
The bones discovered by Mike Carroll and his two adult sons inside their Lake Grove home on Halloween belong to family patriarch George Carroll, authorities have determined.
“It’s unusually not shocking,” Mike told The Post. “Of course, it’s emotional, but we can handle it.”
Mike grew up wondering what happened to his Korean War vet dad, who vanished without a trace in 1961 when Mike was just 8 months old.
Mike bought the Suffolk County home from his mom before her death in 1998, and spent years digging around for Dad’s remains, spurred on by a hunch and a psychic who purportedly got a hit in the basement, he said.
And the body’s location wasn’t the only thing the clairvoyant got right, Mike revealed Wednesday.
“I was told by the psychic it was blunt force trauma,” he said. “She actually said to me that it was a pipe, that he got hit in the head by a pipe and he was buried alive.”
Investigators ruled last month that the then-unidentified body’s skull had been cracked open by “blunt force trauma.”
Now, the vet’s death is being probed as a homicide, but Mike said that finding his dad’s body is closure enough for him.
“There will be no justice,” he said. “The justice happened when we dug him up because we just interrupted the perfect crime — they almost got away with this.”
The family is working to arrange a proper military burial of the remains.
“I tell my sons … we hit a grand slam in the bottom of the ninth, two outs,” said Mike. “We found our dad, so we win.”
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