Skeletal remains found in Centralia earlier this year have been identified as an 18-year-old Spanaway man missing for more than two years.
DNA test results indicated the remains belong to Christopher Virdell, who was last seen Feb. 9, 2012, when he left a friend’s house in Spanaway to go to work.
Pierce County sheriff’s detectives have said they believe Virdell was killed but have not released a cause of death or motive. No one has been arrested.
Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said investigators have interviewed more than 100 people in the case.
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“Hopefully this will be the final piece to the puzzle,” he said.
Virdell’s parents were notified Wednesday.
Dental testing will be conducted even though a Texas lab linked the remains to Virdell.
A woman walking her dog in a wooded area in the 2800 block of Little Hanaford Road found the remains Feb. 28. The property is close to a road and owned by TransAlta USA.
Investigators believe Virdell was killed elsewhere and his body dumped in Centralia.