John Bryan Moore's body identified 25 years after car crash

Authorities said they have identified the remains of an unidentified man buried in a Tempe cemetery 25 years ago as a missing teen from California.

The Maricopa County Medical Examiner's Office said Monday that the body has been identified as 16-year-old John Bryan Moore.

In June 1987, two people were driving across Arizona on their way to California when the driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed. Moore, who was driving, had hitched a ride and was killed.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety said Moore had no ID on him.

Unable to verify his identity at the time, Moore was buried at Tempe Buttes Cemetery under a number, not a name.

In 2010, investigators reopened his file as part of a federally funded program hoping to identify the teen and dozens of others.

Last year, Moore's body was exhumed and complete digital dental radiographs and an anthropology examination were done that recently linked him to Moore, who had been reported missing six months prior to his death.

Investigators also identified him after searching through missing persons records.

DNA testing confirmed Moore's identity.

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