LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Michigan State Police say a man who died along an Arkansas highway in 1989 has been identified as a long-missing Battle Creek man.

Charles Cornell was 30 when he was last seen by relatives in 1986. They filed a police report this year after State Police suggested they do so.

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Cornell’s mother and sister then submitted their DNA, which was entered in a national database of unidentified remains.

Their DNA determined that a man fatally struck by a semi-truck in Arkansas in 1989 was Cornell. They learned of the match Tuesday.

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Photos, medical and dental records and fingerprints remained on file in Arkansas, but the cases weren’t linked until Cornell’s relatives submitted DNA.

Detective-Sgt. Sarah Krebs says it’s important for families of missing people to get their DNA on file.

 

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