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The 1979 skeletal remains discovered in Washington state belonged to a male who was born in Topeka.

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It was reported in a birth announcement that was published in September 1950 in The Topeka Capital-Journal that Mr. and Mrs. Joe Condomitti had brought into the world a newborn boy at St. Francis Hospital the day before who weighed in at 6 pounds and 15 ounces. The announcement was published in The Topeka Capital-Journal.

Genetic evidence allowed investigators in northwest Washington to determine a month ago that the child eventually grew up to be Gary Lee Haynie, the man whose bone remains were retrieved in January 1979 entangled in fishing lines there. The investigators were able to make this determination because Gary Lee Haynie's remains were found in the area. The location of the investigation was maintained throughout.

According to the official website for the county, the identification was made on February 10 by Matt Lacy, who serves as the chief medical examiner for Snohomish County, Washington.

"Gary was born in Topeka, Kansas, and spent his youth traveling the globe with his mother and adopted father, who served in the United States Air Force," it says on the official website. The circumstances surrounding his disappearance are still a mystery, even though both of his parents have died away since he was taken."

The information that Haynie was born on September 23, 1950, under the name Gary Joseph Condomitti comes from his cousin Hal Thayne. According to Thayne, having "comfort and closure" in his life as a result of understanding what happened to his cousin, who he said suffered from a mental condition, was a result of his finding out what happened to him. This assertion was stated by him during an interview.

According to the version of the Topeka City Directory that was published in 1950, the residence of the boy's parents, Joseph and Bernice Condomitti, could be found at 1635 S.W. Western Ave.

According to the information that Thayne submitted to the Herald, Gary took on the surname of his stepfather, Sheldon Lee Haynie, after his mother remarried somewhere about 1955. This was the year that the material was gathered. According to Thayne, Gary's parents had a divorce when he was a little boy. During that time, Gary was extremely young.

Because Sheldon Haynie served in the Air Force, the story that was published in the Herald states that his family "resided in locations all over the nation, from Kansas to New York City." This is according to the claims made in the article.

It was believed that Gary Hayie's mother and biological father both died away while he was in his teens and that Shelton Hayie resided in the Everett, Washington region from the middle of the 1970s until roughly the year 1990. Gary Hayie was the son of Shelton Hayie. There is a school of thinking that maintains Gary Haynie arrived in the region at the same time as Sheldon Haynie did.

The Herald states that "Social Security records reflect Haynie as having died on Christmas Eve 1976," but no one who is still alive today can identify the person who submitted the death claim for Haynie.

The person who submitted the death claim for Haynie is not known by anyone who is still alive today. The family has concluded that Sheldon Haynie misplaced his adult son during this period and that they have no idea where he is. Sheldon Haynie reportedly died away in the year 1997, as reported by the local media.

Genetic reference tests carried out on a half-sister helped to establish that the person in question was the person in question.

On the website of the Snohomish County Medical Examiner, it was stated that Gary Haynie had either never been reported missing or that the records of his disappearance had been lost as a result of the transition from paper to digital files at the office. This was stated to have occurred as a result of the office transitioning from paper files to digital files.

According to the information presented in the article, on January 3, 1979, the skeletal remains of Gary Haynie were discovered on tidal flats that are located between the Snohomish River and the Puget Sea. These flats may be found in the area that is bordered by the Snohomish River and Puget Sound.

On the website of the medical examiner, it was stated that the cause of death as well as the method by which the person died were both listed as "undetermined," and that law enforcement had discovered no proof of any kind of wrongdoing in the case. In addition, it was stated that the medical examiner had found no evidence of any kind of wrongdoing in the case.

According to the account, Haynie's skeleton remains were discovered in 2015 at a cemetery in Everett, Washington, and were unearthed at that time. Haynie's funeral and burial took place in March of 1979.

On its website, the office of the Snohomish County Medical Examiner provides a comprehensive history of the attempts undertaken over the years to identify the remains, including the collection of a DNA sample in 2021 to do so. The web page is laid up in a manner that makes it simple to go from one section to another.

According to the information that was provided on that website, the identification of Haynie was accomplished via the use of reference DNA testing on his half-sister.

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