In August, Bengtson and the anthropology club opened a new case on remains found in Cape Girardeau County in 1980. So far, they suspect the body is likely a male with European ancestry. The skeleton does not have any teeth, so Bengtson suspects it was an older individual, although this characteristic does not always mean old age.
“The DNA was particularly poorly preserved in this case,” Bengtson said. “When I sent a sample for CODIS testing, they could only sequence a little part of the DNA.”