MONTGOMERY COUNTY – Remains found in a Montgomery County field are those of a Carmel man who’s been missing since 1996.
DNA testing confirmed that the remains, found in May, are those of Craig Roberts. Police said John D. Smith gave them information about Roberts’ location. Smith was previously convicted of murdering Roberts. Investigators said he’d stolen cash, credit cards, checks and a car from Roberts.
Roberts was reported missing in November 1996. He owned a small landscaping firm and Smith worked for him. When Roberts failed to show up for a Thanksgiving meal, friends and family knew something was wrong. Friends found Roberts’ home ransacked and called police.
Smith was convicted and sentenced for the murder, but the whereabouts of Roberts’ remains were unknown. Authorities found remains in May after Smith directed them to a farm in Montgomery County. They believed the remains belonged to Roberts, but couldn’t conclusively say after an autopsy.
On Thursday, authorities received the results of DNA tests confirming Roberts’ identity.