30 years later, DNA testing closes case of missing teen

COVINGTON, Va. (AP) " More than 30 years after two fishermen stumbled across human remains, a Virginia sheriff says they belonged to a 17-year-old.

Alleghany County Sheriff Kevin Hall announced during a news conference Wednesday that the bones found along the Jackson River were those of Michael Perdue. The Roanoke Times (http://bit.ly/2dvoyzh) reports siblings Wally Perdue and Sandra Miller attended the news conference.

Authorities believe Michael Perdue drowned in May 1985 while fleeing a Covington gas station he or a friend may have firebombed.

Investigators thought the remains were Perdue's, but weren't sure until they tracked down Wally Perdue in Michigan for a DNA test.

The two brothers had been living with their grandmother in Covington at the time. Michael Perdue will be buried in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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Information from: The Roanoke Times, http://www.roanoke.com

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