DENVER (Reuters) – Human stays unearthed by an excavation crew at an oil and gasoline website in Colorado this week are these of a 12-year-old lady who went lacking over three a long time in the past, however the thriller surrounding her destiny has but to be solved, police mentioned on Thursday.
Jonelle Matthews vanished in December 1984 after she was dropped off at her residence in Greeley, Colorado, about 50 miles (80 kms) north of Denver, following a efficiency singing in a faculty Christmas live performance along with her classmates.
On Tuesday afternoon, a crew engaged on a pipeline in rural Weld County uncovered what gave the impression to be human bones and notified authorities, the Greeley Police Division mentioned in a press release.
“Based mostly on the proof discovered on scene and the coroner’s examination of the stays, an identification … has been made,” the assertion mentioned. “The stays are recognized as Jonelle Matthews.”
Police didn’t say whether or not the trigger or method of the lady’s dying had been decided, and supplied no additional particulars besides to say the investigation into what occurred to the seventh-grader “stays lively.”
On the 34th anniversary of her disappearance in December, police mentioned in a press release that they have been taking a contemporary take a look at the case, together with efforts to interview witnesses and anybody who might have had contact with the lady within the weeks earlier than she disappeared.
“Given the numerous current advances in forensic and scientific testing strategies, Greeley Police shall be inspecting each potential forensic choice accessible to us,” police mentioned on the time.
Police mentioned on Thursday that they have been “relieved” to lastly get a break within the case.
“This case has weighed on the hearts of the Greeley Police Division, the household and the whole metropolis,” the police assertion mentioned.
Reporting by Keith Coffman in Denver; Enhancing by Steve Gorman and Stephen Coates