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Found Bones Are Remains Of Man Missing Since 2009

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File photo of a crime scene. (Photo by JONATHAN ALCORN/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of a crime scene. (Photo by JONATHAN ALCORN/AFP/Getty Images)

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ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — The Douglas County sheriff says the Oregon state medical examiner’s office has confirmed that human remains found on a Southern Oregon ranch are those of a Roseburg man missing since March 2009.

Sheriff John Hanlin said Friday that dental records and a forensic exam confirm the remains are those of Clayton Pankey.

On Monday, a rancher found clothing and ID belonging to Pankey. Searchers found skeletal remains nearby.

Pankey was 47 when he was last seen at a gasoline station in Sutherlin.

After he disappeared, Pankey’s van was found abandoned at a spot that’s about 10 miles from the ranch where the clothing, ID and remains were found.

Hanlin says sheriff’s detectives continue to investigate.

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