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    Murder Victim Found in Shallow Arizona Grave in 1996 Tentatively Identified as Former Fort Liberty Soldier

    Murder Victim Found in Shallow Arizona Grave in 1996 Tentatively Identified as Former Fort Liberty Soldier

    County authorities have tentatively identified a man shot in the head and buried in a shallow desert grave in Arizona nearly 30 years ago as being a former soldier.

    The remains believed to be Sherman George — who was once stationed at Liberty, North Carolina, and said to frequent the desert with former Army friends — were discovered in 1996 by two men running their dogs near the tri-state border between California, Arizona and Nevada, according to investigators and a forensic lab.

    An investigator with the Mohave County Sheriff's Office confirmed that George was shot once and buried under a juniper tree outside of the of Kingman, Arizona, where his remains were found. The investigator said that George was from California, but not much else is known about the man, who became estranged from his family in the early to mid-90s and was never reported missing.

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    Now, with the help of testing and genealogy mapping — a technique that has been increasingly used by law enforcement to solve cold cases in recent years — more information about George, and potentially what happened to him, is coming to light.

    “The remains were discovered in 1996 … and back at that time, the investigative techniques to identify him were obviously not as good as they are today,” the investigator, who agreed to speak on background to…

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