LINCOLN — DNA testing has confirmed the human remains found this summer in northwest Nebraska belonged to a Denver man who was killed months before by the gunman in the Alliance, Neb., pharmacy standoff.
“The tests have confirmed what we suspected all along,” Investigative Services Lt. Monica Bartling with the Nebraska State Patrol said Tuesday. “The remains uncovered in Dawes County are those of Josh Bullock.”
Bullock, 38, was reported missing in December 2011 after visiting family members in Alliance. Days later, his burned pickup was found in a ravine southeast of Chadron.
A break in the case came on June 12, when Andres Gonzalez of Alliance admitted to killing Bullock around Dec. 1 and hiding his body in the ravine. Gonzalez, 27, made the admission during a 14-hour armed standoff with authorities that ended with Gonzalez being shot.
During the standoff, Gonzalez also admitted to killing his father. The body of Larry Gonzalez, 62, was found in the Alliance home he shared with his son.
While in the pharmacy, Andres Gonzalez called his mother and told her that he shot Bullock because he thought Bullock was trying to steal his girlfriend.
Gonzalez's mother, LorriJo Loch, also told The World-Herald that Gonzalez said he killed his father during an argument.
Gonzalez died after refusing to surrender and after he shot an Alliance police officer and a State Patrol officer. A second Alliance officer was struck by shrapnel during an exchange of gunfire. All three officers survived.
Gonzalez also shot and injured the pharmacist he held hostage for several hours.
Rose Siefke, 20, of Hemingford, Neb., Gonzalez's former girlfriend, has been charged as an accessory to a felony in connection with Bullock's death. She is currently free on bond.
“We hope this confirmation will bring some closure to Josh's family and friends,” Bartling said. “At the same time, we will continue our investigation as we work to piece together the events that led to his death.”
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