Boy who vanished in 1979, found in grave 765 miles from home

Andrew Jackson Greer disappeared from his Michigan high school in 1979.


DNA research has confirmed that unidentified remains in a pauper’s grave in Georgia belong to a 15-year-old Michigan boy who ran away from home after school almost 40 years ago, authorities said.

Andrew Jackson Greer ran from Addison High School in Lenawee County on Feb. 12, 1979, and simply never returned home, marking the start of a nearly four decades mystery for family and friends in his hometown of Clayton.

But the cold case was finally solved after a forensic analyst of the Centre of Human Identification at the University of North Texas confirmed that the DNA of a “John Doe” buried in a pauper’s grave in Macon, Ga., competitions Greer’s, Michigan State Police announced Tuesday.

The investigation was reopened in 2014 with new developments in technology and resources. The results of the DNA study found that it is 1.9 trillion times more likely that the DNA from the “John Doe” was that of Greer than not, state police said.

“Together, the DNA results and the police reports conclude they are one in [sic],” state police officials said in a press release announcing the find.

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