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    Car in river linked to missing man

    GEORGETOWN, Ohio — Authorities have identified the owner of the 1998 Buick Le Sabre pulled from the Ohio River in Aberdeen, Ohio, on Wednesday.

    Brown County Sheriff’s Sgt. Chad Noble said the vehicle was registered to a man named Jesse Flaugher, who is listed on as a missing person from October 2006. He was 85 years old at the time of his disappearance.

    On Wednesday, officials arrived on scene near the Aberdeen boat ramp around 9:30 a.m. with crews from Task Force One.

    During the operation, they pulled a Buick Le Sabre from the river and discovered remains inside. However, the remains are still being tested to determine if they are human or animal remains.

    The remains are currently located at the Montgomery County Crime Lab waiting a positive identification, according to officials.

    “The car did come back as being registered to Jesse Flaugher,” Noble said on Thursday. “We are still checking to confirm whether or not the remains inside the vehicle are human.”

    Janet Brammel, Flaugher’s niece, however, is certain the remains will prove to be Flaugher.

    “When I saw the picture of the car they brought out of the water, I knew it was the same,” she said.

    According to Brammel, Flaugher disappeared on Oct. 1, 2006, from Brookville, Ohio and the family was almost certain he had committed suicide.

    “On Oct. 1, 2006, he went missing,” she said. “He dropped off an envelope on his sister’s porch and it contained his apartment key, wallet and cash. We never saw him again. He had a lot of problems and we knew something was wrong. His mind wasn’t right. We knew something had happened.”

    Brammel said she and the rest of Flaugher’s surviving family, have lived with uncertainty for the last 13 years, but they feel as if they are finally getting closure.

    “It’s been stressful,” she said. “It will be 13 years in October — we’re finally getting some closure. We needed closure.”

    The Buick was only one of two cars pulled from the river on Wednesday.

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