Work has started in a Texas laboratory to try to identify skeletal remains that were found last year in the city of Leavenworth.

Work has started in a Texas laboratory to try to identify skeletal remains that were found last year in the city of Leavenworth.

“They’ve begun their work, but it’s not complete yet,” said Maj. Dan Nicodemus, deputy chief of the Leavenworth Police Department.

The remains were found Dec. 13 as Leavenworth Parks and Recreation Department personnel were clearing brush on an embankment north of the Riverfront Community Center. The remains were found at the bottom of the embankment near the Missouri River.

Police believe the remains are those of a caucasian man who was between 35-55 years of age. There were no obvious signs of foul play.

As investigators tried to identify the skeleton, they focused on William Creech, who was reported missing from Leavenworth in 2009.

Authorities located a relative of Creech, who lives in another state. Police hope the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System in Texas will be able to compare a DNA sample from the relative with DNA extracted from the skeletal remains.

Creech was reported missing Sept. 27, 2009. He was last seen at his residence at 1216 N. Esplanade St., which is near where the remains were found.

Creech was reported missing by his roommate, who has since died, according to Leavenworth Police Chief Pat Kitchens.

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