Roger Glasgow, the brother of John Glasgow, whose remains were found Wednesday on Petit Jean Mountain, said during a news conference Thursday afternoon that he suspects foul play in his brother's death.
Roger Glasgow spoke to the media for about 20 minutes at the Little Rock office of Wright Lindsey & Jennings, the law firm where Roger practices law. John's widow, Melinda, attended, but did not make a statement.
Roger said he suspects foul play, even though there's been no evidence to support it.
"I think it was foul play," he said. "I don't know who, I don't know why, I don't know the circumstances."
The family wants the discovery throughly investigated and any "perpetrator" found and prosecuted, Roger Glasgow said.
In an opening statement, Roger expressed "a terrible sense of sadness" and "relief" with the discovery of his brother's skeletal remains, which includes a skull. He asked the media for privacy, and said the news conference is the only time the family will speak to the media, barring "something very different" developing in the case.
"For these past seven years, we've lived with this tragedy," he said. "Time has worn off some of the raw edges, but this event has kinda reopened the wounds."
Roger relayed what he'd learned about the remains from the Arkansas State Police. He said police told him that state medical examiners were able to identify John's remains through dental records. He said examiners had found no evidence of trauma to the skull, nor did they find a firearm.
"Suicide did not seem to be a viable hypothesis," he said.
Still, investigators have said they don't yet know a cause of death.
Investigators planned to use metal detectors to try to locate zippers or other items that John Glasgow might have had on his body, Roger Glasgow said. He said he understood that the skull was found at the base of a cliff and "in the open."
Additional bones were reportedly found on Thursday.
The family will plan a private service to inter John's remains at their family cemetary in Howard County, once the medical examiner releases them, Roger Glasgow said.