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Update Regarding Skeletal Remains Located in Magoffin County

Date of News Release: 06/09/2009

(Pikeville, Ky.) -- Kentucky State Police investigators from Post 9, Pikeville are continuing their investigation into the twenty-year-old murder of Gregory G. Back. Mr. Back's vehicle and remains were recovered from a pond in the Rockhouse Road area of Magoffin County on 05/19/2009. KSP investigators returned to the pond and drained it on 06/04/2009. The follow-up investigation at the scene continued through 06/05/2009 and yielded significant additional evidence relating to Mr. Back's murder. Investigators were assisted at the scene by the Magoffin County Rescue Squad and the North Magoffin Fire Department. KSP's investigation into Mr. Back's murder is still ongoing. Any members of the public having information relating to Mr. Back's murder are asked to contact Lt. Sean Welch or Det. Ben Cramer at (606) 433-7711. Those providing information may do so anonymously.

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Date of News Release: 05/21/2009

(Rock House, Ky.) -- Kentucky State Police at Pikeville are continuing their investigation into the discovery of human remains in northern Magoffin County earlier this week. After consultation with the Kentucky State Medical Examiner's Office, state police have confirmed that the remains are those of Gregory G. Back, 29, formerly of Salyersville. Mr. Back was reported missing in 1989, at which time, KSP initiated a missing persons investigation. The case has remained active since the time of Back's disappearance. KSP is presently investigating Back's death as a homicide. Anyone having information concerning this investigation is asked to contact either Detective Ben Cramer or Lieutenant Sean Welch at (606) 433-7711.

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Date of News Release: 05/20/2009

(Rock House, Ky.) -- Kentucky State Police received anonymous information that there were human remains in a body of water in the Rock House Community of Magoffin, Ky. The remains were retrieved and have been sent to the Kentucky State Medical Examiners Office for identification and to determine the manner of death. The case remains under investigation by Detective Ben Cramer of the Kentucky State Police as a death investigation.

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