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Denton police: Missing UNT student’s remains identified by authorities

Denton police: Missing UNT student’s remains identified by authorities

April 11
12:50 2016

Evan McAlister | Staff Writer

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Authorities are certain they’ve identified the remains of Kelli Cox, the UNT student who disappeared almost 20 years ago, Denton police said.

The remains were taken to UNT Health Science Center’s missing persons lab in Fort Worth. Police said dental bones found in a field outside Houston matched Cox’s records.

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Kelli Cox

“If we had only found skeletal remains it would have taken much longer because DNA takes so much longer to test,” Denton police spokesman Shane Kizer said.  “Matching dental records cuts a lot of that time.”

William Reece was thought to have been involved in Cox’s disappearance back in 1997, when she went missing. Police looked back into Reece’s involvement in February, when he suggested that remains could be found in a Houston field.

Reece led authorities to a site in Brazoria County where bones were found along with other skeletal remains, thought to belong to another missing person, Jessica Cain of La Marque.

“We’re happy to provide closure to Kelli’s family,” Kizer said. “As sad as it is, at least now the family can mourn.”

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