Camden County investigators identify human remains found in October

Published: Jul. 5, 2022 at 9:46 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 5, 2022 at 2:55 PM CDT
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CAMDEN COUNTY, Mo. (KY3) - The Camden County Sheriff’s Office identified remains found near Linn Creek in October.

They identified the body as Gary Kaeter.

Arrowhead hunters found his body in a remote area near Route Y and U.S. Highway 54 near Linn Creek on October 21. When deputies first arrived, they were not sure if the remains were human or not. Investigators used DNA from a family member in San Diego to determine the identity

Kaeter was reported missing in May 2016 in Texas County.

“In May of 2016 Gary Kaeter went missing from Texas County, Missouri, and in June of 2016, the Missouri State Highway Patrol towed Gary Kaetor’s vehicle away from the area of Y road and Linn Creek,” said Sergeant Scott Hines with Camden County Sheriff’s Office.

A month later, Missouri State Highway Patrol towed away a car from that area. It belonged to Kaeter.

“(The Missouri) Highway patrol was not aware at the time that they towed the vehicle that Gary Keator had been reported missing,” said Sgt. Hines.

Eventually, MSHP went back to the area but did not find anything suspicious.

Police located a family member in San Diego, California to help with the identification.

“His nearest relatives lived in San Diego. So we had to coordinate with San Diego Police Department to collect a DNA sample from the nearest living relative for that sample to us repackage that sample, then forward that sample to a lab. Along with samples from the bones, we recovered in order to make a positive identification,” said Sgt. Hines.

The results came back as positive identifying Keator.

Investigators do not suspect foul play due to the decomposition of the body.

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