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DNA evidence solves 60 year old Alabama “cold case”


Officials in Bibb County say DNA testing has revealed the identity of a young hitchhiker who died in a car crash in Alabama in 1961. The victim was buried in a grave marked "UNKNOWN" until now. Coroner CW West says a team of genealogists using DNA from the body confirmed the remains to be those of 15-year-old Daniel Paul "Danny" Armantrout. They've contacted a surviving brother who plans to come to Alabama. Armantrout was killed when a vehicle from which he'd accepted a ride crashed and plunged into a river in Bibb County. The hitchhiker didn't have any identification. Community members raised money for his burial, and a tombstone was engraved with the date of the wreck, March 27, 1961.

Pat Duggins is news director for Alabama Public Radio.
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