Louisa County Prosecutors Asks Top Anthropologist for Help in Death Investigation

Over the weekend, Louisa County Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney, Rusty McGuire drove to Washington, DC to meet with Dr. Douglas Owsley. He says Owsley might be the key to solving a case.

Detectives say a few months ago, cadaver dogs discovered Clent Chavers buried in the backyard of his home.

While investigators say his former wife, Ulisa Chavers admits to burying him more than a decade ago after he died of natural causes, McGuire doesn't buy her story.

When detectives dug up his body, the skull was missing and the remains were so badly decomposed that the state medical examiner was unable to determine how he died.

So, McGuire got an idea from a friend to call Dr. Owsley.

Owsley is the division head for physical anthropology at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

"Dr. Owsley is known as one of the best in the world at his craft", says McGuire.

Owsley has helped identify murder victims in Central Virginia before.

In 2006, McGuire says Owsley was used in a case against Irving Fountain, convicted in the murder of Shantay Wheeler, a pregnant Louisa County teen who vanished without a trace in May, 2001. Her body was found in the woods five months later.

According to Smithsonian magazine, Owsley identified the dead after the Branch Davidian Disaster in Waco, Texas, and again after the 9/11 attack at the Pentagon just by examining human bones.

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