Investigators working newly acquired DNA in Ron French death

Lab techs recently extracted a bone marrow sample from the body of Ron French, was found in a remote field three weeks after his disappearance. Investigators will use test the marrow for DNA that will be used to confirm a cause of death, and compared to other samples found at the scene. (WWMT/FILE)

Finding it difficult to obtain a DNA sample from the badly decomposed body of a Vicksburg man who had been missing for three weeks, investigators have turned to his bone marrow.

Lab techs recently extracted a bone marrow sample, and investigators said DNA results should be ready in three to four weeks.

The body, recovered June 26, was identified within a couple days as that of Ron French, 71. He was discovered by a nearby homeowner in a remote field in Fulton. French had been missing since June 4.

Investigators suspect foul play in his death, particularly after another man was stopped by police while driving French’s truck.

The DNA results from French's bone marrow will allow investigators to compare his DNA with that of other samples found at the scene. The Kalamazoo County Medical Examiner's Office also is awaiting the DNA results to officially confirm a cause of death, investigators told Newschannel 3’s I-Team.

The man stopped while driving French’s truck was Joshua Wessel, and police said he remains a person of interest in the case. Wessel pleaded guilty last year to stolen vehicle charges and was sentenced to 90 days in jail.

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