December 21, 2014

Human remains could be those of Denver man missing since late last year

Joshua Bullock/NSP photo

Human remains have been discovered in northwestern Nebraska, a possible break in the search for a Denver man missing since late last year.

The Nebraska State Patrol reports investigators believe the remains found in a remote area south of Chadron could be those of Josh Bullock. Family members reported last seeing the 38-year-old December the first of last year, after he visited family in Alliance. Bullock had family and friends in both Alliance and Chadron.

A break in the search for Bullock came during the deadly stand-off with Andres Gonzalez at an Alliance pharmacy two weeks ago. Investigators say Gonzalez told negotiators he had killed Bullock and disposed of his body in a remote area of Dawes County. A rancher found Bullock’s burnt-out pickup in a ravine southeast of Chadron on December 14th.

Gonzales died in an exchange of gunfire with the State Patrol SWAT team. He was 27. Authorities suspect Gonzales, 27, of killing his father, 62-year-old Larry Gonzales as well as Bullock. Gonzales’ 19-year-old girlfriend, Rose Siefke, has been charged as an Accessary or a Felony in connection with the death of Bullock. She has been released from the Box Butte County Jail.

The owner of the pharmacy and three law enforcement officers suffered gunshot wounds in the exchange.

The remains discovered near Chadron have been taken to Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff to be examined by a forensic pathologist and a forensic anthropologist. DNA testing will be conducted.

“While we must wait for the result of testing to positively identify the remains, we believe them to be those of Josh Bullock,” Investigative Services Lt. Monica Bartling said in a written statement issued by the NSP.