WARREN COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18)– A Warren County family now has closure thanks to DNA testing matching remains of a soldier thought to be missing in action.
James Elmore died in 1950 in the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War.
His body was not found for decades, leaving family members to wonder if they’d ever receive closure.
About 20 years ago, Mary Bowlin, Elmore’s sister, supplied DNA samples to the military, hoping someday it would be key to identifying her brother’s remains.
Last week she got the call that changed everything…her brother had been found.
"I’m still in shock. It’s just unreal. I’m so thankful the prayers were answered. I can sleep good knowing that he’ll be buried down there at the little cemetery where mom dad and brothers and sisters are buried."
Bowlin hopes her story provides hope for the thousands of families who are still waiting for their loved ones to come home.