Saturday, July 30th, 2016

Skeletal Remains Identified Through DNA Profiling

DNAOn July 15 of last year, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office/Coroner's detectives responded to a report of a discovery of partial skeletal remains.  The remains were found in an area on the South side of Tank Farm road between Higuera Street and Highway 227.

The person leasing the land discovered the badly decomposed remains in the water of the creek that flows through the property.  Because there was no identification, investigators submitted this case to the Department of Justice for DNA profiling and also to a national missing person database.

In December, the DNA profile of the remains was identified.  And then on February 4 of this year, based on that profile, a DNA match was received from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. The body has been identified as 51-year-old William Grant Grable II, a transient from Texas.  

Grable appears to have died of natural causes although because of the advanced state of decomposition, the cause and manner of death remains undetermined.