Authorities in Idaho have accepted an unresolved case from 1984 as part of a genetic genealogy study that could help police identify a body found 36 years ago. Idaho County Sheriff Lt. Jerry Johnson contacted the state crime lab and asked researchers there to consider the case of the body known as “Mr. Bones,” the Lewiston Tribune reported Thursday.
The study, funded by a $150,000 grant awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, will allow researchers to consider DNA and genealogical data from regular people who have agreed to put their DNA into public databases. Hunters first discovered the remains in 1984 near the Powell Ranger Station, authorities said.
The partially dismembered body was found with a few articles of clothing and a pair of glasses with one lens missing. Additional clothing and a single lens was found at an abandoned campsite a year earlier. Pathologists first believed after reviewing the body that the person was stabbed. Additional reviews suggested the wounds were caused by wild animals gnawing on the remains. Johnson said they’re hopeful but that it could be months before new information becomes available. (AP)