Manchester man had gone missing in 2011, DNA used to identify his remains



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MANCHESTER, Tennessee — The remains of a man who went missing in Coffee County in 2011 have been identified using DNA evidence.

Manchester police said human remains found on Nov. 10 are those of 33-year-old Leo Paul George Massicotte, who had been dropped off near a wooded area and never seen again.

Police investigator Butch Stewart told the Times Free Press (http://bit.ly/11ysSEl) that no foul play is suspected in the 3-year-old case.

On the day he disappeared, Massicotte had told his girlfriend to drop him off so he could walk through remote woods to a friend's house. Hunters found a human skull in the area earlier this month, reviving the case.

Stewart says the confirmation of the identity closes the only open missing person case in Coffee County.

Massicotte's then-girlfriend, Jessica Amber Poe, told police at the time of his disappearance that he had claimed "people were watching them," according to the original police report. Poe dropped Massicotte off about 4:30 p.m. that day in July 2011, the report states.

Poe told police that Massicotte appeared normal when she dropped him off but could have been taking drugs, according to the report.

"He was less than a mile from where he got out of the vehicle," Stewart said this week. "I've been within 400 yards of him a couple of times."

The bones were intact and undamaged by any obvious violent injury, he said.


Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, http://www.timesfreepress.com

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