4 p.m. March 11, 2016 UPDATE:
State Troopers have confirmed that a wallet and keys found near the bones. Those items belonged to Robert Kovack. The bones were taken to the Office of the State Medical Examiner. Positive confirmation must come from that office.
ORIGINAL STORY: Human remains possibly linked to an 18-year-old cold case were discovered near New River Gorge on Thursday, March 10, 2016. Park Rangers were notified that decaying bones were found early Thursday afternoon. The West Virginia State Police were notified and Troopers said the bones could be linked to the 1998 cold case of missing Virginia Tech student, Robert Kovack.
Robert Kovack was last seen on Sept. 18,1998 when he was heading home to Rivesville, WV for the weekend. After his mother, Jacqueline Kovack tried contacting him for 3 straight days, she notified local law enforcement. On Sept. 22, 1998, Robert Kovack’s Geo Tracker was found at the intersection of Lansing Road and US Route 19 near Fayetteville, just beyond the New River Gorge Bridge.
The West Virginia State Police will be contacting the Smithsonian about the human remains. No further information has been released at this time.