UPDATE 3:20 p.m - Tazewell County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Jeff Lower said the dental records of the remains found south of Pekin match missing teen Robert Bee, and the forensic pathologist believes the remains are his. DNA testing is still pending. A recording of the full press conference is below.
The Tazewell County Sheriff reports that an autopsy conducted on human remains discovered in Pekin Monday are consistent with those of a 13-year-old male.
The Sheriff's Office stressed in a release sent early Tuesday afternoon that no positive identification can be made until DNA testing can be done.
The release from the Sheriff's Office says Tazewell County Coroner Jeff Baldi said the conclusion was reached based on the skeleton, dental records and photographs of remains.
Robert Bee, a 13-year-old teen from Pekin, was last seen about two miles north of the rural home on Illinois Route 29 where the bones were discovered Monday by a man mowing his lawn. Bee was last seen November 17, 2016 after he ran from a truancy officer near his house on Sapp St. in Pekin. CrimeStoppers has been offering a reward for any information related to the Bee case for months.
Bee was last seen wearing a red and gray shirt, blue jeans and red Nike tennis shoes. He didn't have a cell phone, money or his medication for seizures with him when he ran away. A Pekin police spokeswoman said a sweatshirt found along the Illinois River Sunday by a search group didn't match his last known clothing.
The Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office, Pekin Police Department, Tazewell County Coroner’s Office and Illinois State Police crime scene investigators are continuing the investigation.