FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. – The Latest on human remains found that could be body of a Virginia Tech graduate student who vanished in 1998 (all times local):
West Virginia State Police said Friday that the discovery of human remains and personal possessions found near the New River Gorge Bridge could solve an 18-year-old mystery: the disappearance of a Virginia Tech graduate student.
The remains were found in a heavily wooded area Thursday along with Robert L. Kovack's driver's license, a college ID and car keys, State Police Sgt. Kenneth Tawes told The Roanoke Times (http://bit.ly/1P4j0Dn).
The 24-year-old from Rivesville, West Virginia, disappeared Sept. 18, 1998, while he was on his way to a West Virginia University-Maryland football game in Morgantown.
His vehicle was found out of gas five days later. It was parked and locked near the New River Gorge Bridge.
Tawes says an initial investigation indicates the remains belong to Kovack, and they'll be taken to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., for further identification, Tawes said.