Washington investigators to use dental X-rays on remains

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Investigators in Washington state plan to use dental X-rays in an attempt to identify skeletal remains found by hunters. The Yakima Herald reports that Yakima County Coroner Jim Curtice says X-rays are the next step in identifying the remains. The skull and long bones were found around 8:30 a.m. Sunday between Wapato and Toppenish. Curtice says there are very few bones and the state of the remains precludes an autopsy. Investigators have a single lead about the identity but details were not provided. Curtice says an identification failure through dental records will require investigators to use DNA testing.