Remains Of College Student Identified Almost 50 Years After Disappearing


Remains of an Auburn University student, who went missing in 1976, have been identified, authorities say.

22-year-old Kyle Clinkscales was going back to school from LaGrange, Georgia, on the evening of Jan. 27. 1976, when he disappeared. He had last been observed at the Moose Club in LaGrange with his 1974 Ford Pinto.

Throughout the years, detectives drained lakes searching for him and his car. On Dec. 7, 2021, someone saw the white Ford Pinto in a creek in Cusseta, Alabama, and called authorities.

A wallet, ID, credit cards, and bones were inside of the vehicle.

The skeletal remains were sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for DNA testing.

On Sunday, authorities announced a match.

The manner and cause of death aren’t clear at this time.

“Everybody was always wondering if he was going to show up somewhere,” said Clinkscales’ friend. “His personality was just charming. He was a sweet guy. Most of the time he was very quiet. But he was very kind to everyone.”

Clinkscales’ mother passed away in January, and his father died in 2007.


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