Posted: Sep 14, 2012 11:46 AM by Associated Press
KEARNEY, Mo. (AP) - The remains buried in a northwest Missouri grave will be exhumed to determine if they belong to a 19th century outlaw.
A Clay County judge granted permission Thursday for researchers to exhume remains buried in the Muddy Fork Cemetery in Kearney. Researchers are trying to determine if the remains are Clell Miller, a Confederate bushwhacker who was an outlaw with Jesse James.
The Missouri native was killed in 1876 in Northfield, Minn.
The Kansas City Star reports his family long believed he was buried in the Kearney cemetery.
But the man who shot Miller to death claimed he kept the skeleton to use during medical studies. In April, Miller's relatives and a group of forensic researchers asked for permission to exhume the body to solve the mystery.