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Exhumed body tests negative for FBI fugitive

The Federal Bureau of Investigation laboratory scientists have determined that a John Doe that was killed from 1981 in Scottsboro is a negative match for William Bradford Bishop Jr.(Source: WAFF) The Federal Bureau of Investigation laboratory scientists have determined that a John Doe that was killed from 1981 in Scottsboro is a negative match for William Bradford Bishop Jr.(Source: WAFF)
SCOTTSBORO, AL (WAFF) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation laboratory scientists have determined that a John Doe that was killed from 1981 in Scottsboro is a negative match for William Bradford Bishop Jr.

In court documents, FBI officials stated that Bishop bludgeoned his family to death in March 1976. He then transported their bodies to North Carolina, where they were placed in a shallow grave and set on fire.

The last confirmed sighting of Bishop was in Jacksonville, North Carolina in 1976. His vehicle was later discovered in the Great Smoky Mountains near Gatlinburg, Tennessee that same year.

The unidentified man was hit by a car in Scottsboro in 1981 and buried at Cedar Hill when authorities could not identify him.

In court filings, the FBI says there is a strong resemblance between photos of the John Doe and Bishop.

The FBI Baltimore Division, Montgomery County Police Department, and Montgomery County Sheriff's Office will continue to pursue the leads in the case, which is active and ongoing.

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