Based on DNA evidence, authorities have confirmed the identity of the skeletal remains that were found last year in Leavenworth, the police chief said.

Based on DNA evidence, authorities have confirmed the identity of the skeletal remains that were found last year in Leavenworth, the police chief said.

Chief Pat Kitchens said police are confident the skeleton is the remains of William Creech, who disappeared from Leavenworth in 2009.

“We’re certain it’s him,” Kitchens said.

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.

Kitchens said Creech likely died as a result of a fall from the top of the tall embankment.

The Leavenworth Police Department received word Tuesday regarding a comparison of DNA from the skeletal remains and DNA from a relative of Creech. The DNA analysis indicated that the samples likely came from siblings.

Police had been focusing on the missing person case of Creech since December as they worked to identify the 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 last year.

The remains were sent to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System in Texas for the DNA testing.

Kitchens said Creech’s family has been notified of the findings.

“We’ll return the remains to the family,” Kitchens said.

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