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Case of missing man ends after 12 years

The family of a Spokane man missing since 1998 may finally have closure.

Arrangements have been made to transfer the remains of Carl D. Woracker to his mother in England. Woracker was reported missing in June 1998. His car was found abandoned near 3600 W. Rosamond Ave.

In April 2004, a shin bone was found near Indian Canyon Golf Course. In July 2009, a thigh bone was found near where Woracker’s car was abandoned, which led police to a dozen other bones.

A forensic anthropologist determined the person had been dead for 10 to 12 years.

Spokane Police Detective Mark Burbridge discovered Woracker’s case in missing person reports and obtained a DNA swab from Woracker’s mother, Joy Woracker.

The DNA and bones were sent to the University of North Texas, which determined the bones likely belonged to a child of Joy Woracker.

Foul play is not suspected in Woracker’s death, said Officer Jennifer DeRuwe, spokeswoman for the Spokane Police Department.

Meghann M. Cuniff

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