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NEW DETAILS: Missing Auburn student’s car, remains found 45 year later

Published: Dec. 7, 2021 at 11:14 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 9, 2021 at 2:25 PM EST
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TROUP COUNTY, Ga. (WTVM) - The car and remains that belong to a missing Auburn student, from Georgia, has been found in Alabama - 45 years after he went missing.

Kyle Clinkscales, a 22-year-old Auburn University student, went missing in January of 1976. News Leader 9 is told the Lagrange native was working at the Moose Club in LaGrange. He was driving back to Auburn when he went missing.

Now, 45 years later, someone found his 1974 Ford this past Monday.

(Source: Troup County Sheriff's Office)

The car was in a creek off of County Road 83 in Lafayette. Inside, deputies found what is believed to be human remains and a wallet with Clinkscales’ ID.

“I want to see what the GBI finds in the car, how many bones, do they find the skull or something we can take to the crime lab to determine if there was foul play? Was he murdered and left there? Did he run off the road and wreck there? But it’s been 45 years,” said Sheriff Woodruff with Troup County Sheriff’s Office.

(Source: Troup County Sheriff's Office)

On Wednesday, December 8, an agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation along with the assistance of the Criminal Investigations Divisions began reviewing Clinkscales’ car. The process was completed on Thursday, December 9.

Several personal items were recovered from the vehicle - all of which appear to be Clinkscales’ belongings. According to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office, over 50 different skeletal remains were recovered as well - including a partial skull bone - which will all be sent to the GBI Crime Lab for further analysis.

NEW DETAILS: Missing Auburn student's car, remains found 45 years later
NEW DETAILS: Missing Auburn student's car, remains found 45 years later(Source: Troup County Sheriff's office)

The Troup County Sheriff’s Office is lead investigative agency in this matter.

Stay with News Leader 9 as we gather more details.

(Source: Troup County Sheriff's Office)

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