DNA results in skeleton case may come soon – News – The Leavenworth Times – Leavenworth, KS

Members of the Leavenworth Police Department have been told they soon should receive word regarding DNA testing being performed in an effort to identify skeletal remains that were found last year near the Missouri River.

Members of the Leavenworth Police Department have been told they soon should receive word regarding DNA testing being performed in an effort to identify skeletal remains that were found last year near the Missouri River.

The testing is being performed at a laboratory in Texas.

The remains were found Dec. 13 as Leavenworth Parks and Recreation Department personnel were clearing brush on a river embankment north of the Riverfront Community Center. The remains were found at the bottom of the embankment.

Police believe the remains are those of a caucasian man who was between 35-55 years of age. There were no obvious signs of foul play.

As they have worked to identify the remains, investigators focused on William Creech, who was reported missing from Leavenworth in 2009. Authorities located a relative of Creech, who lives in another state.

Officials with the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System in Texas are attempting to compare a DNA sample from the relative with DNA extracted from the skeletal remains.

Detective Matthew Nickel of the Leavenworth Police Department said he was informed Sept. 27 that he would be hearing from the laboratory soon.

He said DNA samples from the remains and Creech’s relative have been processed.

Creech was reported missing Sept. 27, 2009. He was last seen at his residence at 1216 N. Esplanade St., which is near where the remains were found, according to Leavenworth Police Chief Pat Kitchens.

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