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June 11, 2013

UPDATE: Family awaits official ID for wreck victim

— Limestone Coroner Mike West has not certified William “Cody” Dakota Day, 19, of Asheville, N.C., as of one of two occupants in a fiery single-vehicle crash near Athens May 24 because the state forensic lab in Huntsville could not identify him through his dental records.

When reached by phone Saturday, Cody’s grandmother, Nancy Day, said she is certain Cody perished in the crash fire. She said the most recent dental records available for Cody were from about six years ago. The next step to identify him is by using a DNA sample from Nancy’s daughter and Cody’s mother, Jeannie Day Fox.

After an unsuccessful attempt Friday to arrange a buccal swab, which is a Q-tip swab of the insides of both cheeks, through the Ashville Police Department, the Day family contacted another local law enforcement agency in North Carolina for assistance.

She said the Buncombe Sheriff’s Department sent a DNA kit to her as a courtesy.

“The sheriff’s department dropped off a kit to me at work Monday, and I got it to Jeannie,” said Nancy. “We’re getting it in the mail (Tuesday) but we expect it to take a while. It’s just one more thing to get behind us.”

Once the mother’s DNA sample has reached the Huntsville state forensic lab, West said it could take at least three weeks to complete testing.

Cody’s remains, which will be cremated, have not been sent to North Carolina pending his official identification.

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