Jawbone Found in Arizona Boy's Collection Identified as US Marine Pilot Killed in Plane Crash Over 50 Years Earlier

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A jawbone found in an Arizona boy's rock collection in 2002 was identified as belonging to US Marine Everett Yager. Yager died in a 1951 military plane accident over California during a training exercise. The jawbone was submitted to authorities in Arizona but initial DNA tests provided no clues. In 2023, the bone was given a genetic profile and added to genealogy databases. Ramapo College students and a high school intern worked on the cold case last summer. Ramapo College officials suggested in a news release that the jawbone from an accident over California might have been transported to Arizona by a scavenger bird.