The remains of 16-year-old Ken McLaurin Jr. were found Sept. 22 in a field in Wayne County ten days after an Amber Alert was issued for the teen.
Four men have been arrested and charged with murder. Detectives will keep McLaurin's remains until the murder investigation is complete.
An attorney for one of the men wrote in court documents that the body should be held because there may still be questions about the cause of death.
The ruling stems from the case of Michael Dorman. Dorman was found carrying a backpack with the bones of a Durham murder victim. When police turned the bones over to the victim's family, the family cremated them. Now Dorman's attorneys contend that cremating the bones was destroying evidence. The State Court of Appeals is currently considering that ruling.