Stephanie Cadena thought she would finally get closure after three excruciating years when authorities found the remains of her son, Chase Massner. Although in all likelihood it was indeed Chase that detectives found in the backyard of a Kennesaw, Georgia home, but the Cobb County Medical Examiner’s Office in Marietta still hasn’t officially confirmed it.
The U.S. Army veteran’s mother explained that she can’t give her son a proper burial until she gets official confirmation. This has understandably frustrated Cadena. Authorities pulled the remains from James Bradshaw “Brad” Clement’s former home on August 1. Almost a month later, Cadena still doesn’t have answers.
The problem, apparently, boils down to dental records. The Cobb County Medical Examiner’s Office sent a request for Chase’s dental records to the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), and after a three week delay, the records arrived, but without Chase’s X-rays. Instead, the DOD simply sent over documentation of his dental work.
“Words cannot express my frustration that it’s taken the United States Army 3 weeks to send my son’s dental records. And once they were received by the Cobb County Medical Examiner this morning, I was told that it would take about an hour to compare the records. I patiently waited until shortly before 5 p.m. before calling again only to find out it could take another 24-48 hours to make a positive identification!”
The Cobb County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed that as of Wednesday, they still have not positively identified the remains. On Wednesday night, Cadena confirmed to CrimeOnline that another day passed with no answer.
Chase Massner’s Disappearance and Discovery
Chase disappeared on March 27, 2014, after stopping by his job at a QT convenience store in Kennesaw the previous night, before going over to Clement’s home. Clement told CrimeOnline he stayed up all night talking to Chase about his marital problems. Clement said they drank a few beers and hung out in his room. He claimed Chase watched him work on a computer, and at some point, Chase fell asleep.
By Brad’s own admission, he couldn’t wake Chase up the next morning, on March 27. Brad said he didn’t want Chase to leave while he was away, so he took his cellphone with him while he ran errands. Brad said when he returned home, he handed Chase his phone and went outside to start a BBQ. When he walked back in, Chase was gone. It’s a story that Chase’s close friends and family always a hard time believing, and coupled with the fact that no one saw him leave, Brad’s story, to many, was hard to swallow.
According to police records, Amanda Massner, Chase’s wife, claimed that the last time she saw Chase was on March 26, when she dropped him off at QT. She communicated with Chase later that night via text messages, but at around 11:38 p.m., phone records indicate that communication abruptly stopped.
Several years and numerous and searches and vigils went by with sign of Chase. All along, Clement continued to deny any involvement.
In July 2017, the Cobb County Cold Case Unit brought in cadaver dogs to Clement’s former Kennesaw home. Two dogs hit on the same spot in the backyard during two separate times. Within weeks, Cobb County detectives ordered a dig in the backyard and discovered human remains buried close to the home’s rear deck.
Clement got word of the discovery and vehemently denied any involvement, claiming he was “set up.” He later agreed to turn himself in on charges of concealing a body but at the last minute, changed his mind and fled. He stayed on the run for six days, until Thursday, August 1o, when the Cobb County Police Department’s fugitive squad and U.S. Marshals caught in him in the Tocoa Hills shopping center in Dekalb County, living out of a stolen U-Haul.
Clement is currently behind bars at the Cobb County Detention Center without bond. A source told CrimeOnline that Clement still refuses to make a statement about the discovery of the remains.
Check back soon for additional details.
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[Feature Photo: Stephanie Cadena]