An unidentified human skeleton uncovered at the Hamburg Cemetery may or may not be that of Gary Sebek, a 20-year-old whose disappearance March 4, 1968 was investigated as a possible homicide.


An unidentified human skeleton uncovered at the Hamburg Cemetery may or may not be that of Gary Sebek, a 20-year-old whose disappearance March 4, 1968 was investigated as a possible homicide.
The bones were found buried on land that the city purchased in 1969 for the cemetery, said Femont County Sheriff Kevin Aistrope. He said that burials after that time required coffins and vaults, so it seems likely that the body was buried prior to that.

 

Although the rumor around town has been that the bones were found in a shallow grave, Aistrope said that the land may have been leveled, so it can’t be determined how deeply the body was buried.
The bones were uncovered when a grave was being dug.

 

Aistrope said he hopes that the body is that of Sebek so that his family will have some closure, “but I’m afraid it’s not.”?Aistrope said his “gut feeling”?is that it’s not. He said the body was laid out as it would be if it were a burial rather than a body being “dumped.”

 

However, Sebek was “the first person I?thought of,” said Aistrope, and deputies have read the case file “cover to cover again.”

 

An official from the Iowa Medical Examiner’s Office and an archeologist came to the burial site. The bones have been taken to a lab for analysis. Aistrope said it would be several days before preliminary information such as the possible age of the person will be released.

 

“There was no sign of foul play,” said Aistrope. But missing persons files are being checked he said, including Sebek’s. “I?don’t believe it’s him, but I?don’t count it out either,” said Aistrope.