Officials: Remains in Iowa belong to Neb. man

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Skeletal remains found along an interstate bridge in western Iowa have been identified as a Nebraska man accused of fleeing arrest nearly two years ago.

The state Division of Criminal Investigation announced Thursday that remains discovered on Oct. 11 belong to 21-year-old Chance Fletcher, of Omaha. They were positively identified through dental records.

Fletcher was last seen alive during a police pursuit on Dec. 15, 2011. He is accused of leading a police chase in a stolen vehicle. Local police say Fletcher wrecked the car near the I-480 bridge and escaped on foot. Authorities were later unable to find him.

Omaha Police’s missing persons unit coordinated the area search on Oct. 11. Fletcher’s remains were discovered in a drainage ditch.

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