State and county officials have confirmed that the remains found on a farm south of Chadron are those of a Denver man missing since visiting his family in Alliance late last year.
Authorities had suspected the remains were those of 38-year-old Josh Bullock since discovering them after Andres Gonzalez confessed he had killed Bullock during a deadly stand-off with police at a pharmacy in Alliance. Gonzales, 27, died in an exchange of gunfire with the State Patrol SWAT team in June. Before he died, he had told negotiators he had killed Bullock and disposed of his body in a remote area of Dawes County. Authorities suspect Gonzales of killing his father, 62-year-old Larry Gonzales, as well as Bullock.
“Forensic examination and DNA testing has been completed,” said Investigative Services Lieutenant Monica Bartling in a written statement. “The tests have confirmed what we suspected all along. The remains uncovered in Dawes County are those of Josh Bullock.”
Investigators began searching for Bullock after his family reported him missing in December of last year. The Nebraska State Patrol joined the Dawes and Box Butte County Sheriff’s Office in the investigation. A rancher found Bullock’s burnt-out pickup in a ravine southeast of Chadron on December 14th, but the search proved futile until Gonzalez made his confession.
A forensic pathologist and a forensic anthropologist examined the remains at the Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff. The Nebraska State Patrol and the Box Butte County Attorney’s Office released confirmation of the remains.
Gonzales’ 20-year-old girlfriend, Rose Siefke of Hemingford, has been charged as an Accessary or a Felony in connection with the death of Bullock.
The owner of the pharmacy and three law enforcement officers suffered gunshot wounds in the exchange.
“We hope this confirmation will bring some closure to Josh’s family and friends. At the same time we will continue our investigation as we work to piece together the events that led to his death,” Bartling stated.