Cops ID Corpse!
Cliff Prof/Indian Chief
Missing Since 1973
By JONAS OLSON
After a seemingly endless struggle against the twin bureaucratic nightmares of judicial sluggishness and political dynamite, the Cliffton Police Department was finally able to dig up the corpse found by destruction workers beneath Sayers Hall almost eight weeks ago. From fingerprints found on the skeleton's Cliff College belt buckle, Detective Elizabeth Goswell has identified the corpse as one-time Cliff College professor and Nez Perceé Chief Virgil Dubois.
The exhumation came after an unexpected announcement by Federal Circuit Court Judge I.M. Weeke that there were no grounds for the Native American Student Union's claim that the land under Sayers should be under Nez Percé jurisdiction and therefore off-limits to the Cliffton Police Department because of its alleged former incarnation as a Tribal burial ground.
Photo courtesy of Cliffton Police Department
Blowup of the victim's fingerprints on a portion of the belt buckle. Police noted that it is highly irregular to find anyone's but the victim's prints on a belt buckle except in cases of sexual assault.
Forensics experts (borrowed from the Cleveland P.D.) were able to lift three fingerprints from the Sterling silver Cliff College belt buckle, and Detective Goswell matched them with Dubois' from an old arrest record. Dubois and current Cliff College Security Chief Dick Francis were both arrested in February 1973 for fighting.
"We got lucky," said Detective Goswell. "These were the only set of Virgil's prints known to exist. But we've still got a long road ahead. This is a 23-year-old murder, folks. What we call in the trade "a cold trail'."