ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta police have confirmed that a skull found last year was that of a DeKalb County teen missing since 2001.
WAGA-TV reports that 15-year-old Alan Watson's family reported him missing in August 2001 after he disappeared on his way to the movies.
The skull, which had a bullet hole, was found last July in northwest Atlanta. Police confirmed DNA tests show the skull is Watson's.
Atlanta police spokesman Officer Otis Redmond tells WAGA-TV that the case has been ruled a homicide and is now under investigation.
Detectives plan to pass out flyers Thursday in the area where the skull was found asking for help in the investigation.
WAGA-TV reports that Watson's case was dormant until the station aired a report on the skull, prompting his family to call police.