Remains Found in Septic Tank ID'd as Missing Man

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RENO, NV - Investigators from Storey and Washoe counties say the remains of a man found in a septic tank in 2013 are those of George Benson Webster, a Vietnam vet reported missing in 1980 from Sun Valley. His mother had reported him missing. He was 32 at the time.

A medallion found with the remains in the Storey County home's tank had a serial number linking the remains to Webster, whose ID was confirmed after a DNA test of his son.

Detectives are looking to speak with anyone who knew James Calvin Green, a.k.a. "Cowboy", an associate of Webster's. He is also dead.

The case is officially being referred to as a homicide investigation; Webster was killed after a blow to the head.

The remains were found Tuesday, August 27, 2013 during a routine cleaning of the septic tank, according to the Storey Sheriff's Office.

It is estimated the bones had been in the tank more than 25 years. The same septic tank was cleaned one other time, in 1996. During that routine cleaning, hair and bone fragments were found, and they are linked to the other remains.

Originally, it was thought that the hair and bone fragments found belonged to an animal, according to the Storey County Sheriff's Office.

The current residents of the home where the remains were found are not believed to have any involvement, as it is suspected the remains pre-date their residency, according to sheriff's officials. For that reason, the address is being withheld.

News conference going over details of investigation into remains found in septic tank.
Victim George Benson Webster/Photo courtesy Washoe Sheriff's Office
James Calvin Green, a.k.a. "Cowboy"/1983 photo courtesy Washoe Sheriff's Office/Friend of victim, also dead; detectives want to speak to anyone who knew him.
1972 Dodge four-door station wagon similar to the vehicle owned by George Webster at the time of his disappearance/Photo courtesy Washoe Sheriff's Office