North Augusta bones identified as missing Augusta man, 51

Tuesday, July 7, 2009 12:00 PM
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Bones found in North Augusta in 2007 have been identified as John W. Gustafson, 51, of Augusta, the Aiken coroner announced today.

The bones were originally sent to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division labs, however, because of their age and condition DNA could not be extracted or tested. The bones were then forwarded to the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, the coroner said.

There, mitochondrial DNA was extracted and compared to a sample from a mother who had reported her son missing in 1999. There was a positive match to Mr. Gustafson.

This case is under investigation by the North Augusta Department of Public Safety and the Aiken County Coroner's Office. Cause and manner of death are pending investigation, the coroner said in a news release.

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FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 07/07/09 - 11:06 am
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:-( My condolences. He has

:-( My condolences. He has been on the missing list for so long, it must have been torturous for his mom, relatives, friends, I hope this begins to give them some hope to find out what happened, peace and eventually relative closure. Where were the bones found? If that is okay to release?

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jackfruitpaper833 07/07/09 - 11:20 am
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I wonder if he's some kin to

I wonder if he's some kin to Heidi, she was my schoolmate. If so Heidi, may God truly encourage your heart and give you peace now, in Jesus name. Amen.

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stillamazed 07/07/09 - 01:01 pm
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at least now the family knows

at least now the family knows for sure and they can lay him to rest with a proper burial. maybe the person who did this will get caught, they are solving alot of old cases so maybe this will be one, if the person reading this is still out there watch out........never get to comfortable.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 07/07/09 - 01:37 pm
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Even better wouldn't it be a

Even better wouldn't it be a just thing to do to come forward with what happened, if anybody really does know?

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 07/07/09 - 01:39 pm
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Were the remains found

Were the remains found anywhere near where his car was found abandoned, with the keys still in it?

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pizzato 07/07/09 - 01:46 pm
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I thought they were found

I thought they were found along frontage road
http://www.wrdw.com/home/headlines/11119366.html

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