Do human remains found behind home belong to missing vet?

They were found where the veteran was last seen alive.

MARIETTA, Ga. - Questions remain after police in Cobb County recovered human remains where a military veteran was last seen alive.  The veteran, Chase Massner, disappeared three years ago.  Exhaustive searches turned up nothing. 

The Cobb County Medical Examiner had to use dental records to advance the investigation into whether the remains found Tuesday, Aug. 1 were Massner's.

Investigators unearthed the remains behind a suburban home near Bells Ferry Rd.  The house had once been the residence of a friend of the missing veteran.  Tuesday, the current resident spotted something suspicious in the back yard and summoned police.

"I believe that it shouldn’t have taken three years for this to be done," family friend, Tammy Childs, said. "Because this is the last place Chase was seen."

Tammy Childs is a family friend who is puzzled that the remains behind the house somehow got overlooked during numerous searches three years ago.

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Chase Massner’s disappearance set off alarms among his many friends and family members. The search drew the help of a national group dedicated to finding missing veterans.  Yet somehow, the back yard where Massner was last seen alive, continued to conceal a body.

"Up until yesterday, we had hoped that Chase was alive somewhere," Childs said. "We don’t have that hope anymore. That hope is all gone."

Police, medical examiner remain mum on positive ID of the remains.  The answer to that question will likely lead to another question about a potential criminal investigation.

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