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Police: Remains Found Near New River Gorge Believed to Be Student Missing Since 1998

Robert Leroy Kovack
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West Virginia State Police say the discovery of human remains and personal possessions near the New River Gorge Bridge could solve an 18-year-old mystery: the disappearance of a Virginia Tech graduate student.

State Police Sgt. Kenneth Tawes told The Roanoke Times that the remains were found in a heavily wooded area Thursday along with Robert L. Kovack's driver's license, a college ID and car keys.

The 24-year-old from Rivesville disappeared Sept. 18, 1998, on his way to a West Virginia University-Maryland football game in Morgantown.

 
His vehicle was found out of gas five days later. It was parked and locked near the New River Gorge Bridge.

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