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Tests Confirm Identity of Man Wanted in '98 Cop Slaying

Tests Confirm Identity of Man Wanted in '98 Cop Slaying



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Human remains found in southeastern Utah are those of a man accused of killing a Colorado police officer while the victim sat buckled in his car, a slaying that sparked an intense manhunt for three people in 1998.

The partial skeleton discovered last week by a cowboy near the Utah-Colorado line was Jason McVean, 26, of Durango, Colo., the San Juan County sheriff's office said Tuesday, citing test results.

The confirmation ends a nine-year-old mystery about McVean's whereabouts. His partners, Alan "Monte" Pilon and Robert Matthew Mason, were found dead, likely by suicide, in the same Four Corners region of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona.

The three camouflage-clad men stole a water truck in May 1998 in Ignacio, Colo. In Cortez, Colo., they stopped and fired 29 shots at a local officer who was trailing them. Dale Claxton, 45, was killed while still wearing his seat belt.

A bulletproof vest, camouflage backpack, pipe bombs, an AK-47 and hundreds of rounds of ammunition were found with McVean's remains June 5.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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