Local authorities are still awaiting the state medical examiner’s report to confirm the identity of human remains found one month ago in Muldrow.
Eric Helms, District 27 Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force director, said the report from the medical examiner’s office has been delayed.
“They’re having trouble getting dental records,” Helms explained. “There’s really no big database that all the dental records go into.”
Helms did say authorities believe the remains to be Glen Cook, pictured above, who was reported missing to Fort Smith Police in 2012. Cook, who was 46 at the time and resided in Fort Smith, was believed to have been in the Muldrow area at the time he went missing. Cook’s car, a red Honda, was recovered in the river bottoms area near Muldrow shortly after he went missing.
Helms said since DNA obtained from Cook’s sister and daughter years ago was sent to the Arkansas Crime Lab instead of NamUS, a national database, that has caused a delay in identifying the remains as well.
“We’re trying to retrieve DNA on that,” he added.
Two rabbit hunters discovered human remains in a brush-covered area while hunting near the Wilson Rock area of the Arkansas River south of Muldrow on Christmas Day.
According to Sequoyah County Sheriff Larry Lane, the remains are believed to be that of a single individual.
Pam Cloud, Managing News Director
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