A woman missing since mid-November has been located and identified. The body of Wanda Jean Boxley was found March 29th in rural Chariton County.
Her remains were not positively identified until Tuesday. Chariton County Coroner Larry Breshears reported the manner and cause of her death are still undetermined.
The Laclede woman was last seen alive on November 16th, 2012 around 1:00 p.m. Boxley was at a gas station in the Brookfield area, and drove away in her light yellow 1991 Mercury Marquis. The 82-year-old had been visiting with family members earlier in the day.
During a February interview with KMZU News, Boxley’s granddaughter, Kristy Sherwood, admitted there was little hope of finding her grandmother alive.
“It’s been too long. And I really don’t think she would disappear without telling any of us where she was going,” said Sherwood, “So at this point, I guess how I can sleep at night is thinking she’s in heaven.”
The family conducted numerous searches for Boxley in the months after her disappearance.
In the days after her body was located, a Facebook page for the missing woman indicated her family believe the body was Boxley’s.