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DNA could solve Oregon mystery after 88 years

Thursday, May 1, 2014by  Jon Osterberg

America's oldest missing-person case could be drawing to a close in Portland.
   In 1926, a 75-year-old Tigard man took a bus to Portland to visit his daughter. Marvin Clark, a former town marshal, was last seen at a bus terminal in downtown Portland. He then disappeared.
   Loggers found a complete skeleton in 1986 in northwest Multnomah County alongside a .32-caliber pistol and shoes known as "police loafers." The skull had a bullet hole in the temple.
   Now, the state's forensic anthropologist has used DNA analysis to connect the skull with Clark. If confirmed, it would solve the oldest missing-person case in the nation's medical-examiner database. Learn the details in this Oregonian article.

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personGale S. Kennedy05/03/2014 06:49 PM
Make no bones about it. Mr. Clark was a police detective who was a century ahead of his time toward proving the worthiness of forensic DNA testing and just took a shot.

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