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Cold Case Solved In DeSoto Parish

It's been 24 years since anyone has seen or heard from Ricky Maxie. A year after his family reported him missing, Maxie's skull was found along Highway 175 in DeSoto Parish.  An animal had dragged the skull to the road and a passing motorist saw it and called authorities. The skull was taken by Lt. Robert Davidson with the DeSoto Sheriff's Office to the late Dr. George McCormick's forensics lab in Bossier City. It was determined the skull belonged either to a person of Mexican or Spanish descent.  Maxie was black and the skull stayed in the lab for more than 20 years. Before McCormick's office burned down, forensic pathologist Mary Manhein was able to retrive it.   Davidson took DNA from nine of Maxie's relatives and matched it with the DNA taken from the skull. Davidson said Maxie's death was drug related. "The were some people out of California that had moved to Natchitoches Parish and they were pretty big drug dealers out of California and Natchitoches at that time and he was running with them," Davidson said. Authorities have been unable to determine the cause of death.  They do have a few leads.

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