FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. –– The Federal Bureau of Investigation has determined remains found in Kanawha Falls will not solve a 39-year-old missing person’s case.

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office announced late Friday night that the remains did not belong to Sue Roop, a Bentree native who went missing Feb. 12, 1979.

Then 30 years old, Roop was never seen again after that date. The remains discovered in Dec. 2016 appeared to be buried in a shallow grave.

The FBI reports the remains were considered “ancient” and contained the bones of three people. According to the report, the bones could be several hundred years old.

Last January, the Raleigh County Crime Stoppers offered a $1,500 reward for information on the disappearance of Roop. The investigation has been handled by numerous agencies in the past 39 years, but has never led to an arrest or discovery of remains.

Those with information regarding this incident or other crimes can call the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office at (304) 574-3590.

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