Smithsonian anthropologist will identify remains in Jasper cold case

JASPER, Ala. (WIAT) — A world-renowned anthropologist from the Smithsonian, Douglas Owsley, will be reconstructing and hopefully determining the cause of death of the two remains found in West Virginia believed to be Mary Cobb and her daughter Wynona Delvecchio.

The two women were last seen in 2002 in Jasper. Owsley has previously worked on cases involving the 911 attack, the Branch Davidian case, and identifying US sevicemen killed during Operation Desert Storm.

Walker County District Attorney Bill Adair says his findings will be critical because the court case will rely a lot of forensics.

Meanwhile, the owner of the storage unit where the remains were found is still hospitalized after taking an overdose of pills just before being arrested on two counts of concealing a dead body.

Jasper police officer Jimmy Vann spoke with family members of Cobb and Delvecchio Monday and says they are ecstatic to have closure and happy to know their family members will finally have a proper burial.

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