Skeleton found by teenager identified

Tuesday, March 9, 2010 | 10:44 p.m. CST; updated 1:56 p.m. CDT, Friday, April 16, 2010

COLUMBIA — A skeleton found west of Roger I. Wilson Memorial Drive on Saturday has been identified by police as Ronald P. Elic, 57.

Elic was released from Boone County Jail, near where his body was found, in July 2009.

The body had remnants of clothing including an intact identification wristband and shoes without shoelaces. People who work at the jail said the wristband was the same as those given to inmates still in their custody, Boone County Sheriff’s Department Major Tom Reddin said. A 13-year-old found the body Saturday.

Jail staff checked photographs and records to come up with a name.

“The jail staff noticed designs and patterns on the clothing, and they spent time looking through past clothing descriptions in our files that might match that,” Reddin said.

Authorities contacted Elic’s family to request dental records, which the Boone County Medical Examiner’s Office used to identify the body.

The family didn’t know where Elic was, according to a news release from the Columbia Police Department.

Elic served time twice at the Boone County Jail. In April 2009 he served less than two weeks for violating a court order, said Officer Pam Ricketts with the Boone County Jail. In July 2009, he served six days in the jail for violating probation, Ricketts said.

Police don’t know the cause of death, and there is no evidence of foul play, according to the news release.

Elic last lived in Overland Park, Kan., the release said.

Mark Beary, an anthropologist from MU, will be doing a follow-up examination after the autopsy to determine the cause of death. He said he has not received the body.


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