MACON, Ga. (WOOD) — A 39-year mystery surrounding the disappearance of a Michigan teen has finally been solved.
A forensic analyst in Texas Tuesday said DNA tests on a “John Doe” buried in Macon, Georgia matched that of 15-year-old Andrew Jackson Greer.
On Feb. 12, 1979, Greer left Addison High School in Lenawee County and never returned home. Investigators now believe he was hit by a semi-truck near Macon while hitchhiking down I-75 two days after he ran away from home.
Armed with new technology and resources, detectives reopened the cold case in 2014. In December 2017, a Bibb County deputy connected the unidentified body to Greer, leading to an exhumation and DNA testing five months later.
Test results showed DNA from John Doe was 1.9 trillion times more likely to be from Greer than not. Combined with police reports, detectives made their match.
Arrangements are being made to bring Greer’s remains back to Michigan. The Associated Press reports says he’s expected to be cremated.