DREHER TWP., WAYNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Detectives stated human remains have been discovered on a property in Wayne County Wednesday.

According to detectives with the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office, investigators executed a search warrant at 95 Peet Road Tuesday after receiving a tip that there may be human remains buried on the property.

Anthropologists on the scene excavating the area confirmed human remains were found.

Detectives say they were searching for Stephen Lepore, 55, of Tobyhanna who was reported missing back on August 19, 2012 by his housemate after she had not seen or heard from him.

Image of Stephen Lepore

On September 6, 2012, Lepore’s Chevrolet Express van was recovered by the Stroud Area Regional Police Department after it was discovered on Brown Street, in Stroudsburg. Interviews conducted by law enforcement in the area revealed that Lepore’s van had been parked at the location for approximately two weeks.

On October 1, 2012, Lepore’s housemate told investigators Lepore had been involved in several verbal disputes over a $15,000.00 debt.

At this time police believe the remains discovered are of Lepore’s but they will not be sure until they have identified the body.

As of now, this is an active investigation. 28/22 News will update you with the latest as it is released.