Human remains found by the Interstate 480 overpass near a Council Bluffs park two weeks ago have been identified as an Omaha man who disappeared two years ago.
The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation said Thursday dental records were used to identify 21-year-old Chance Fletcher, last seen alive on December 15, 2011 during a police chase.
Fletcher was driving a stolen car when a Carter Lake officer attempted to pull him over. The pursuit ended in Council Bluffs near the I-480 overpass where Fletcher wrecked the car before running from the scene. Council Bluffs police, the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Department and Omaha police searched for Fletcher that night without success.
The Omaha Police Department’s Missing Person’s Unit was investigating cold cases when they coordinated a search of the area on October 11th with the assistance of the Council Bluffs Police Department. The skeletal remains were located in a drainage ditch adjacent to the location Fletcher was last seen running from.
The discovery came as a surprise. "I probably walk that way three or four times a week at least, that same path," said Michael Barrett. Every week Barrett sees the same scenery on his walks near the river. "Even just now you get kind of a chill. You just think somebody who had a life was there.”