Virginia City remains identified as missing person from 1980 cold case

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Updated: 5/01/2014 10:37 pm
VIRGINIA CITY, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- New answers are putting a new twist on a local missing person case. Investigators revealed Thursday the identify of human remains found in a septic tank in Virginia City.

The case spans more than three decades, and the remains are those of a decorated Vietnam veteran.

In a joint news conference, the identity of the victim was revealed as George Benson Webster. Back in 1980, his now-deceased mother reported him missing.

Last August, this case took a turn when human remains were found in a septic tank during a routine cleaning at a home in the Virginia City Highlands. "We knew from the beginning this was a homicide since nobody accidently ends up in a septic tank," said Storey County Sheriff Gerald Antinoro.

Authorities said the homeowners are not suspects, and investigators need help to find out how Webster's body ended up in a septic tank. "It's believed Mr. Webster suffered blunt force trauma to his skull which ultimately led to his death," said Antinoro.

Webster was a Sun Valley resident, and was 32 years old. He was a decorated Vietnam veteran who worked as an auto mechanic. They received a tip back in the 1980's that he had been killed and dumped in a septic tank in south Reno.

"Those efforts included pumping out a septic tank located in south Reno about 1986," said Washoe County Undersheriff Tim Kuzanek.

The case remained cold until last summer. "We believe that there are still people in the area who knew Mr. Webster, or knew persons that Mr. Webster was associated with," said Kuzanek.

One of those associations is James Calvin "Cowboy" Green. Kuzanek said Green is also deceased, but investigators are asking anyone who knew him or Webster to come forward.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Washoe County Sheriff's Office, or Secret Witness at 775-322-4900.
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