Law enforcement in Franklin County was notified this week that a positive identification had been made on human remains found in their area 27 years prior. Click to hear KMZU’s Kristie Cross talk to Major Mike Copeland:
The national data base of missing persons identified the remains as that of 61-year-old Boonville resident Elbert Embry. Copeland said they suspected during the initial investigation that the bones may have washed down the river. “We did a little bit of research with the National Weather Service and determined that the water had been where the bones were found in about mid-November of 1985, “said Copeland, “So, that’s a bit of a sliding scale, but that’s the idea we had.”
According to the officer, the bones were found in 1986 by young boys playing near the river and were then sent to both the FBI and the Smithsonian Department of Anthropology for identification. “What happened was the case really turned cold for quite some time, ” said Copeland, “Two years ago, the national missing and unidentified persons system made a hit on the entry. They were able to use the data we had on our original entry and pair it with the possibility of what later turned out to be Mr. Embry.”
Embry had gone missing from the River Heights Care Center in Boonville in November of 1985. The cause of his death remains unknown.