Remains Identified As Oklahoma Child Missing Since 1994

Tuesday, February 22nd 2011, 1:44 pm
By: News 9

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The State Medical Examiners have helped positively identify the remains of an Oklahoma child who disappeared in 1994.

The medical examiner's office was first contacted about remains found in Dickson, Oklahoma in December 1994, but investigators could not determine a positive identity. In 1995 an anthropologist was able to determine the skull belonged to a young Caucasian person with brown hair, but a gender could not be determined.

The case remained a mystery until it was reexamined last spring by the Unidentified Remains unit with the M.E.'s office.

A forensic artist was able to reconstruct the facial features of the skull remains and compared it to a poster from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Using a DNA profile, investigators were then able to positively identify the remains as Thomas Billy Lee Tillery.

Tillery disappeared in September 1994 when he was 11 years old in Madill. Tillery was last seen leaving his home, walking to a nearby store.

A cause of death has not been determined.