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The coroner has identified the bones found in a well under this Bessemer home as John Edward Harris, a former resident of the house. Source: WBRC video The coroner has identified the bones found in a well under this Bessemer home as John Edward Harris, a former resident of the house. Source: WBRC video
This is the 83-year-old home where the bones were found. Source: WBRC video This is the 83-year-old home where the bones were found. Source: WBRC video
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BESSEMER, AL (WBRC) -

Bones found in a well at a Bessemer home have been identified. The Jefferson County coroner's office says the bones are that of 56-year-old John Edward Harris.

Harris once lived at the home on Bell Street and was reported missing in the late 1990s.

The family that currently owns the house discovered the bones after finding an abandoned well underneath their home. The owner's daughter, Jacqueline Kimble, climbed about 30 feet down into the well and found what she believed were human remains, so she notified authorities.

"We put a rope up and went down there and just a couple seconds of being down I discovered the bones," said Kimble. "I kind of got panic stricken for a minute then I was just like 'this is somebody's family. This is a missing person somewhere.'"

Bessemer firefighters lowered themselves into the well with special equipment to retrieve the bones, and handed them over to the coroner for examination.

Kimble says she still has a lot of questions about Harris and how he ended up where he did. She can only hope his identity will help family who have had the same questions for more than a decade.

"Somebody, somewhere hopefully having some closure. Some answers to years of the unknown," said Kimble.

Authorities have not yet determined how Harris died. Bessemer's Chief of Police tells Fox6 investigators are looking back at reports from the 1990's when Harris was reported missing.

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