After years of questions and hope, the family of Antonio Guerrero is planning his funeral so they can bid him a proper farewell.

Racine police in a written statement Wednesday said the human remains that washed up in November 2011 on the shore of Lake Michigan near the 5th Street boat launch have been identified as Guerrero, 31. He was reported missing in September 2011 from Berwyn, IL.

Three weeks after Guerrero’s skeletal remains were discovered, a forearm and hand were found one mile south at Carre-Hogle Park.

The Waukesha Medical Examiner’s office could not determine a cause of death, but testing revealed the remains belonged to a man in his 20s or 30s though his ethnicity could not be determined. The remains were entered into the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) database, and the medical examiner conducted an odontology exam in case dental records could be matched in the future.

During their investigation of any missing persons in and around Southeast Wisconsin, police came across the Guerrero family’s report. Relatives provided officers with Guerrero’s dental records, but test were inconclusive. Still, they let investigators know that Guerrero may have been in Racine in September 2011 when he stopped communicating with family.

Finally, DNA tests were conducted a the University of North Texas (UNT) Center for Human Identification Laboratory that proved Guerrero’s identity and will allow his family some closure.

How Guerrero was killed and by whom remains under investigation, and police are interested in any information the public might have.

Anonymous tips can be left with Crime Stoppers at (262) 636-9330, or text RACS with the tip to 274637 (CRIMES).

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