DRY RIDGE, Ohio (WKBN) – Authorities have confirmed the remains found near a Kentucky creek belong to a college professor who vanished last August.
“We got the positive id on Thursday night at about 7:30, 8 o’clock,” said Connie Fetters, the sister of professor Randall Russ.
For 91 days, Randall Russ’ family has waited to hear that news after months of working to obtain dental records or fingerprints from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
A coroner was finally able to identify remains found near a creek in Fleming County as Randall Russ.
“It’s kind of like a bittersweet moment. That’s the best way I can describe it,” daughter Katie Russ said. “I thought I would be a lot happier that we got the dental records, but it’s more, now everything is real.”
Russ disappeared from his Dry Ridge, Ohio home in August.
Weeks later, a suspect, Charles Black, was arrested.
He took Kentucky state troopers to a shallow grave, where he claimed he helped bury the remains of Randall Russ.
Last month, Kevin Howard and Charles Black pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, kidnapping and robbery.
“It’s a different kind of hurt than it was at the very beginning. It’s been five months waiting,” Fetters said.
Now, with a positive identification, russ’ family is planning a celebration of life service. Everyone wanting to give him the proper burial he deserves.
“It just really was hard but i just want to say thank you to every single person that helped us through this past five months. It’s been hard but he will be able to be put to rest now,” Fetters said.