Bones those of murder victim

by Howard Apple­gate
    Cen­tral Ore­gon Foren­sic Lab­o­ra­to­ry has report­ed that the human remains found in a north Wilbur Coun­ty wash, were those of a mur­der vic­tim. The lab deter­mined that the bones, approx­i­mate­ly forty to six­ty years old, are those of an African or African-Amer­i­can male, whose body had been sub­ject­ed to “a con­sid­er­able amount of trauma,” accord­ing to Dr. Ali­cia Azu­ra, the facil­i­ties Chief Med­ical Exam­in­er.
    The victim’s remains were dis­cov­ered by a migrant work­er employed by McCoy Indus­tries. The work­er is no longer in the area, accord­ing to Har­lan McCoy, and he claims he has no idea how to reach him.
    Spec­u­la­tion in Ger­maine imme­di­ate­ly turned to Charles Sevi­gny LaFontaine, a WWII vet­er­an who spent time in the area in the late 1940s. Although no evi­dence of foul play ever sur­faced regard­ing LaFontaine’s sud­den dis­ap­pear­ance, some Ger­mainites believe LaFontaine was mur­dered after becom­ing involved with a local high school girl.
    â€œRumors have been float­ing around for years,” said City Coun­cil­lor Willie Walk­ing­stick. “Germaine has a very racist past, and the KKK was active around here back in those days.”
    Accord­ing to Sher­iff Antho­ny Sweet, a thor­ough inves­ti­ga­tion will com­mence. Sweet cau­tioned about jump­ing to con­clu­sions. “We don’t know if this is LaFontaine, or if any­one from Wilbur Coun­ty is involved,” said Sweet. “It might have been some­one trav­el­ing through the area, down high­way 20. The killer and vic­tim might have been trav­el­ing together.”
    Accord­ing to the crime lab, it will take anoth­er week or so before the DNA analy­sis is fin­ished. A rel­a­tive of LaFontaine has vol­un­teered to sub­mit a DNA sam­ple for com­par­i­son.

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