FBI to try DNA testing on Pulaski County bones

Authorities will try to extract DNA from bones found burned in Pulaski County in hopes of matching the bones with a missing person, county Coroner Richard New said.

The bones have been sent to the FBI national laboratory, where technicians will try to pull DNA from them, New said Monday.

That might be difficult because the bones were badly burned, New said.

Authorities found the bone fragments at a secluded site east of Somerset while investigating the murder of Jeffrey K. Price II, 21, of Pulaski County. Someone put Price's body in a brush pile at the spot and burned it.

In trying to identify Price's remains, Dr. Emily Craig, the state forensic anthropologist, found duplicates of some bones. That meant two bodies had been burned at the spot, she said.

New said if the FBI can get DNA from the bones, authorities will try to compare it against samples in a database to see whether it matches any missing people.

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