BREAKING: The results of an examination of bones and other remains released this morning


The results of an examination of bones and other remains found in January in West Batesville are back.

A portion of the remains was confirmed as human and have been identified.

The remains were among several bones found in West Batesville off Broadwater and Davis Lane.

Chief Deputy Sheriff, Aaron Moody, said several bones were identified as animal bones.

Through the technology of the State Medical Examiner’s Office and information gathered through the local investigation, the identified remains are that of a male.

Sheriff Shawn Stephens said this morning that the remains were identified as that of William Cook.

They were found in the wooded area off Davis Lane in January.

The Independence County Sheriff’s Department and Batesville Police joined to conduct an extensive search last Friday and more remains and other items were found and are also believed to be Cook’s as well but they will need to be examined and confirmed by the State Crime Lab to ensure positive identification.

White River Now will continue to follow this story and share further information as it becomes available.

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