Investigators found the 1974 Ford Pinto Runabout that a 22-year-old student was driving back to Auburn University from Georgia, when it disappeared more than 45 years ago, officials announced Wednesday. americans.
Kyle Wade Clinkscales’ car was pulled out of a stream around Cusseta, Alabama, Tuesday after a man called 911 to say he believed he had seen a vehicle. Inside the car, researchers found what they think are human bones along with identification cards and credit that belong to ClinkscalesAccording to Sheriff James Woodruff of the County of Troup, Georgia.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is searching for more bones in the muddy vehicle and will determine if the fragments found so far belong to ClinkscalesWoodruff said at a news conference.
County authorities Troup they had previously said that Clinkscales was murdered. In 2005, two people were arrested in connection with his disappearance after the boy’s parents received a call from a man who said he witnessed the removal of their son’s body when he was 7 years old, and that it was covered with concrete in a barrel. . Then he was thrown into a pond.
The two people were charged with making false statements. Pete Skandalakis, who was a district attorney at the time, said he made the decision not to charge one of those people. The other pleaded guilty to two counts of making false statements and spent seven years and eight months behind bars.
Troup’s current district attorney Herb Cranford provided documents in the case. But he said in an email that he had no comment, stating that it was an open investigation.
The authorities never found the body of Clinkscales. Woodruff said Wednesday that he was not involved in the two arrests and could not comment on them.
“For 45 years, we have searched for this young man and we have searched for this car.”, said. “We’ve drained lakes, and we’ve looked here and there and analyzed this theory and that theory, and nothing has always come up.”
Clinkscales He left LaGrange, Georgia, on January 27, 1976, to drive the 45 miles (72 kilometers) back to Auburn, but never showed up. He worked as a bartender at LaGrange, according to news reports.
Woodruff did not rule out “foul play” in the disappearance of Clinkscales.
“I want to see what the GBI finds in the car, how many bones they find, if they find a skull”, said. “Was he murdered and left there? Did you go off the road and crash there? That is something we hope to discover, 45 years have passed ”.
The stream in which the vehicle was discovered runs under a bridge. The hatchback’s rear door was open and visible, authorities said.
“We do not know if it rusted and opened”, said Chambers County Sheriff Sid Lockhart, Alabama.
The vehicle was not far from Interstate 85, which runs from LaGrange to Auburn.
The father of Clinkscales he died in 2007 and his mother died this year, Woodruff said. He was her only son.
“She always hoped that he would come home”, Woodruff said. “We always hoped that we would find him before she died. The mere fact that we hopefully found the car gives me a huge sigh of relief. “
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