Sheriff's Office: "It's very possible it's Bee"

Sheriff's Office: "It's very possible it's Bee"

TAZEWELL COUNTY - "It's very possible it's [Robert] Bee," said Tazewell County Chief Deputy Jeffrey Lower.

Law enforcement spoke Tuesday about the discovery of human remains Monday, which were consistent with those of a 13-year-old boy.

Investigators say the dental records of Bee, who has been missing since he ran away from a truancy officer in November, were used during an autopsy Tuesday.

"It certainly appears possible this discovery might be related to that disappearance," said Tazewell County Sheriff Robert Huston.

Investigators say they cannot positively identify the remains until DNA testing has been done, which is expected next week.

Robert Bee's family has been notified of the findings.

"We look at every body, remains; we have to assume there was foul play," Lower said.

In a message to the community, Chief Lower asked for calm.

"Please be patient," Lower said. "Hopefully, we can bring closure to the community."

Tazewell County Coroner Dr. Jeff Baldi tells WMBD he expects DNA results in the next 7 to 8 days. The State Police Crime Lab is expediting the results.  He adds that Bee's last dental records were in 2011, and that was too long ago to definitely determine his identity. Baldi also believes animals scattered the remains to different locations on the property.

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