DNA evidence solves missing persons case

    Photo credit to Alaska Department of Public Safety

    Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) - 38-year-old Ronald Oquilluk disappeared from an assisted living home near Butte in the Matanuska Valley in 1987.

    Alaska State Troopers said Oquilluk had walked off from the facility before, once traveling 40 miles to Anchorage.  The disappearance was not seen as something out of the ordinary at the time.

    Troopers said they used new technology to finally solve the over 40-year case.  Some hair and human jaw were found in a dry creek bed near the village of Central in September, 1996.  The village is 450 miles away from Oquilluk's last known location.

    The remains were sent to the FBI testing in 2001 and received a DNA profile in 2003.

    When Oquilluk's sister, Alice Topkok called Troopers in March, 2018 for an update on her brother's case, Troopers took her DNA and entered it into the DNA index system.  The match was revealed one year later.

    His sister did not live to hear the news as she passed away last October.

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